A modern, well-appointed kitchen is a desirable feature for a home, both for the current occupant of the property as well as for resale value. However, this type of project involves a certain amount of disruption and mess in your house. If you are considering a do-it-yourself renovation for your kitchen, consider both the pros and cons of this project.
Pros of Doing A Kitchen Renovation Yourself
- You can control costs – You aren’t limited to a selection the contractor offers. You can find bargains on individual elements to save money.
- You can salvage useful items easily – With a DIY project, you can easily pick and save items you want to recycle or use elsewhere.
- It will provide a sense of accomplishment – If you enjoy home projects, a complete restoration of your kitchen will be a point of pride.
- No strangers will be coming into your home – If the idea of having workers going in and out of your house for days or weeks troubles you, you may be more comfortable doing the work yourself.
Cons of Remodeling Your Kitchen Yourself
- Tear-out and installation is heavy physical labor – If you are not in top physical condition, it might be a good idea to have a company do it for you.
- Acquiring necessary tools is expensive and they will need to be stored – Renovation will require a wide variety of tools, some of which may be specialized for certain tasks.
- You must keep safety considerations in mind –You should always use appropriate personal equipment, such as goggles, gloves, respirators, and other items to ensure your safety. Some tasks are best left to professionals. For example, if you have no experience in electrical work, you should leave the work to a commercial electrician. Electrical is probably one of the most commonly outsourced jobs since there are a lot of things that have to be done perfectly in order for them to work properly and to decrease the chances of issues in the future such as blown circuit breakers or electrical fires.
- You will be using all your free time – A kitchen renovation takes many hours of labor, which you may prefer to spend in other ways.
- The project and disruption could take longer than if a professional does it.
- Scrapped materials are your responsibility to dispose of – All of the old materials, as well as construction debris, must be hauled away. There are messy clean-up tasks.
- The finished look may not look very professional – Unless you have remodeled a kitchen previously, the result may not be as attractive as a professional job.
You may have the expertise and time needed to do a well-designed and professional-looking renovation of your kitchen. However, if you have other areas of life that demand your time and attention, it may be easier to leave the job in the hands of an experienced contractor.