A big-box home improvement store’s slogan is, “You Can Do It. We Can Help.” While I don’t endorse any particular outfitter, the slogan is true about do it yourself home improvements: you can do it! While pretty much any DIY project might seem intimidating at first, you might find that the satisfaction of completing a task yourself is completely worth the work; and you’ll save some money while you’re at it!
Do it yourself projects are almost always more fun than hiring someone else to take care of them from beginning to end, if you have any interest DIY at all. You don’t have to deal with setting appointments, making deposits, or any and every other thing that might become a headache when hiring someone else to do the job. Plus, if you have a friend or a partner that can help you, the project could prove to be a great bonding experience. In that case, we call such projects DIT (do it together) rather than DIY; and anyone can get behind the idea of having some much-needed help.
You’ll need a good deal of confidence in yourself as well as with the tools and skills necessary to complete the job. Even more important than tools and skills, though, is patience. Do it yourself home improvements don’t happen overnight (unless you’re only replacing knobs on a dresser!), and it’s crucial that you have an understanding of what the process of your particular project entails, as well as come to terms with the fact that failure is possible (and completely manageable).
Of course, DIY (or DIT) isn’t for everyone. While for some people, the ability to have complete control over their project is the biggest draw when considering whether to do a project themselves or not, other people would rather not make the decisions and instead are happy with their results, as long as the job is done by a professional. Both valid viewpoints, it’s important to decide where you fall on that sprectrum before embarking on a project that could potentially be DIY (especially one as involved as a kitchen remodel).
Either way, there are challenges to overcome, lessons to be learned, and benefits to be reaped. So will your next project be DIY.