DIY or DIFM Installation?
Understanding the pros and cons of do-it-yourself vs. do-it-for-me
- Financial savings: The opportunity to save is one of the biggest drawcards of DIY. But without an expert knowledge of the building process, any financial gains could be swallowed up by unforeseen expenses. This might include factors such as the longer period of time you’d need Owner Builder Insurance to cover, compared to a licensed builder working to streamlined standards.
- Degree of difficulty: If you want to flex your DIY-muscle, be strategic. Light tasks such as the removal of floor coverings and painting internal walls can be a great opportunity to save money. But when your job involves professional trades like electrical and plumbing, it’s important to call in an expert from a safety perspective. In addition, most Australian states require a compliance certificate for any work done.
- Time commitment: How busy is your schedule? For people that work full-time, spending a weekend or a few days here and there on DIY results in a longer project. Not to mention the fatigue and frustration you may suffer! However, if you choose to take leave from your employer, your lost income might outweigh the savings made by doing it yourself. Put pen to paper and crunch the numbers with a cost benefit analysis. Will you really save in the long run?
- An all-in-one solution: In the highly specialised building industry, investing in someone to DIFM pays for their expert knowledge and will save you a significant amount of time. Your local LYSAGHT LIVING® dealer is able to take care of your entire project from design through to installation. This includes project management, which means you won’t need to worry about coordinating trades like plumbing and electrical, or dealing with council approvals and other compulsory paperwork.
- Expertise where it counts: Like many industries, unfortunately the building industry has its fair share of unscrupulous operators. This is where your professional local dealer becomes your important insider. Not only are they established within the industry, they also have a solid network of tradespeople at their disposal and can detect any crooked behaviour.
- You can still save: To keep your budget in check, why not tackle minor elements of the project yourself? This might include light demolition work such as the removal of old decking, tilework or non-support beams. Remember, if your home was built or renovated before 1987 it may contain asbestos, so be sure to contact an asbestos removal specialist.