Grey Lynn villa renovation – DIY or call in the professionals?

Posted on: November 6, 2016 by in Villa renovations
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Grey Lynn Villa Renovation

If you look online or on TV, you’ll find many people doing their own home restorations. They may hire some subcontractors to do electrical or plumbing work and get help from their family and friends, but it’s their project. While it is possible for a person to restore an old house, there are some things you should consider before taking on this type of project.

Are You Handy?

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If you want to restore your own home, you need to be handy. You don’t have to be a near pro-level DIYer. However, you should be able to tell a nail from a screw. You should have some basic DIY knowledge since this is a major project.

If you’re not very handy, you should be willing to take some time to learn the skills necessary to restore your property. You can do this by taking workshops offered at your local home improvement stores, reading books, and watching videos.

How Much Time Do You Have?

While there are many projects you can get done in a weekend, how many of those weekends will you have to give up to restore a home? If you want your project completed within a certain amount of time you need to make sure you have the time to work on the project full-time.

If you have a full-time job and other obligations, it will be difficult to complete the whole restoration quickly. However, if you are willing to work on the restoration, one room at a time, you can get the work done yourself, but you have to be willing to wait a longer time for the project to be complete.

Do You Have a Renovation Plan?

While you may want to do the work yourself, you may consider getting help in making your plans. You can hire a builder as a consultant, they can help you determine the best way to proceed. You may even decide to use the builder for certain parts of the project, in order to get things done faster.

After you have a plan you can create a step-by-step list. Then you can draw up a timeline. Make sure to create a buffer around your timeline so that you can have a little wiggle room. You never know when you’ll need extra time while you wait for a fixture to be delivered, wait for an inspection, or get help from a contractor.

Can You Get Help Renovating a Villa When You Need It?

If you decide you have what it takes to do a home restoration, then you should keep one thing in mind. You may not be able to do everything. In fact, there are some things that you should call in a professional for help. These include plumbing, HVAC work, electrical work, and anything having to do with the structural elements of your home.

When you create your plan, you should determine which parts would be better completed by a professional villa renovation company. You can still try to do the work yourself, but if you get overwhelmed you can call someone and get help.

To get some idea of how we have worked with some clients, please look at our video testimonials here.

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