Because so many of you have been asking me behind the scenes questions about doing up our home, and the pros and cons of diy versus getting the professionals in, I thought I’d dedicate a whole post to explaining what works for me.
First and foremost, my top recommendation is that you have a weighing session. Feeling confused? Let me explain.
Start the process by thinking carefully about your budget. This doesn’t have to be spreadsheet-accurate: no breakdown of figures necessary, but a rough estimate on how much you’d like to spend on a specific project, and then the same for your whole house.
Then you need to come to terms with the fact that you, unless you’re Bill Gates or Madonna (Is that really you? Reading my blog? Why, thank you!), have a limited budget. Not necessarily a small budget, but a budget that has a cap on it at some point, whether that’s tens or hundreds or thousands or gazillions!
Now that you know you’re budget restrictions (and, as I’ve said almost everyone has them so don’t feel bad!), you need to be honest with yourself about your ideal timescale for the renovations. This will vary a lot depending on the current state of your home.
There’s a big difference between cobbling together a home life in a property that’s barely habitable, versus living in a home that just isn’t exactly to your tastes. The first needs quick attention before your emotional capabilities dry up, but the second depends entirely on you, your family and your patience levels.
Can you live with a house that has peeling wallpaper? an you live in a house that has odd stains in unexpected places? Can you live in a house that doesn’t reflect who you are?
And for how long?
And this is when your weighing process needs to come in.
When your budget doesn’t match up to the speed with which you want your home to be complete then it’s time to flex those muscles and get your tools out.
I think it’s worth saying though that work that I’d ALWAYS pay for someone to come in, even if it means slowing down the project until we save our pennies, includes:
My skills just don’t match theirs – plus there’s often legal restrictions on what you can and can’t do with some of these areas.
Work we’ve done ourselves (and been pleased with!!)
decorating (this takes practice but when you can get do it well it’s a huge money saver)
preparation work (sanding and filling – what a bore!)
demolishing non-load bearing walls
fiddly little jobs
There! That’s my process…and I hope it helps you on your way to phoning the right trades person, OR that it keeps you motivated to give that little bit extra and aim to get your home finished that little bit faster.
Take Care Until Next Time