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Old 06-21-2007, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Newton, NJ (but my heart is in Tennessee)
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How often do you hire a contractor to work in your home vs. doing the job yourself? For me it's about 20% contractor and 80% DIY.

My rule of thumb is that if I can easily do it myself, then that's what I do. If the job requires specialized knowledge, equipment or significant time investment, I hire a contractor.

Things such as landscaping and painting are pretty easy for me, so I have always done them on my own. I have also become good at tiling floors. However, I hired an electrician to upgrade the electrical system and someone to repair the garage door opener since these were out of my league.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I've seen and done DIY gone bad and I try to be realistic about my abilities. I also have learned a lot by helping friends who are willing to share what they know in return for a helper on the project. Over the years, I've learned a lot and I can say I have real skills now.

I am going to get my own tile saw at last. I've spent so much renting them that I could have bought one 3x over! I have also learned how to make my own tile, both glass and ceramic. I think tile/stonework is my favorite.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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I think time can be a factor as well as money. Although my husband is capable to doing plumbing, electrical, crown molding and baseboards, flooring, window installation, etc., he still works full time. I don't want him spending every spare moment when he isn't at work working on the house. Money usually dictates how much you end up doing yourself or paying someone else to do....but time is another factor. My husband probably has done about 15% of the remodeling we have done over the years - the rest has been done by professionals.
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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We do most things unless we don't have the time, the expensive equipment or if safety is a concern. We bought a fixer-upper when we got married, so we had to learn to do most things on our own as money was scarce. One thing we have learned is that we take more pride in our work than most workman that we have hired do. Plus, we love DIY projects and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with a job well done.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:18 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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In the past i've done 95% of the upgrades and maintenance around the house. However, I'm in the process of installing 2 garage doors on my pole barn. I'm doing the framing and Lowes is installing the doors and openers. Why ?

1. I don't have to buy the installation kit @ $80 per door.
2. I don't have to pay the sales tax on door or openers.
3. Openers install is $59 each.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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I'm a contractor and I see a lot of "Honey Do's" that really should have been "Honey Don't" ... nothing wrong with DIY but I find to many people that get in over their head and really make a mess of things, bad wiring, bad plumbing, compromise structural integrity, using the wrong grade of product or the wrong product or just flat out not having a plan in place before starting.
Trust me if you have ANY doubts about what you are doing, don't do it. It cost more to fix mistake than to have have it done right the first time. I replacing a roof trusses this month from a "honey do" of removing a main weight bearing wall. Amazing thing gravity. What could have cost $4000 is now going to cost about $15000.
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Old 06-22-2007, 05:39 AM
 
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My rule of thumb is that if you need to be licensed to work in that area I am NOT going to do it myself (electrical, plumbing, etc.). Painting, lawn work, etc. we tend to do on our own. The ICK factor comes in too--if I don't want to do it or don't LIKE to do it, I will hire someone.
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Old 06-22-2007, 07:16 AM
 
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mmmm.... i think we're about 90% DIY and 10% professional. Things like replacing the roof, repaving the driveway, installing a new water heater and removing several 80-100 foot tall trees were done by a professional but stuff like minor plumbing, tile work, painting and landscaping are done by us (or should I say gets added to the honey do list)
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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We are about 90% DIY and maybe 5-10% contractor (the remaining % never get finished LOL). It helps that DH is a licensed electrician who focuses on residential remodeling. We hire folks for structural stuff (like the load bearing wall that is coming out tomorrow), and I try to hire plumbers. My electrician is not that great of a plumber. LOL
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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We've gone from 80% DIY to about 20% DIY. Health has been a major factor there. I would love to do my own painting, landscaping, tiling, etc. But my body no longer cooperates. My husband has issues too so if we do it, it gets hired out. Liz
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