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DIY vs. Hiring a Professional: Pros and Cons

In a world where YouTube tutorials and Pinterest boards make DIY projects seem like anyone can just pick up a hammer and get to work, the allure of saving money and adding a certain personal touch to your home is almost undeniable.

However, there comes a time when the question bubbles to the surface: Should you tackle that project yourself or hire a professional to do it for you?

Let’s dive into the pros and cons on both sides of the coin so you can make an informed decision for yourself.

The DIY Approach 


  1. Cost Savings: One of the most significant advantages of a DIY project is the potential monetary savings you can experience. By skipping over labour costs, you can often complete the job for a fraction of the price.
  2. Sense of accomplishment: Completing a project with your own two hands can bring a pretty huge sense of satisfaction. There’s a special feeling to being able to step back and admire something you built yourself (we know – we do it for a living).
  3. Flexibility and Control: When you’re the boss on site, you have full control over every single aspect of the tasks at hand. You can customize your designs and plans without needing to compromise.


  1. Time-Consuming: DIY projects can be overwhelmingly time-consuming, especially if you’re not an experienced craftsman. What begins as a weekend reno can easily stretch into weeks or even months, putting stress on yourself and the relations with the ones you love the most.
  2. Quality Control: When you hire a professional like SteveBuilt, you’re making an investment with a seasoned company who keeps high quality craftsmanship at the top of their list of priorities. When you do it yourself, mistakes are bound to happen as you learn, and this could cost you thousands if not tens of thousands in the long run.
  3. Safety Concerns: Some projects, such as electrical or structural work, can pose some pretty significant safety risks to individuals who don’t know any better. Not understanding each and every aspect of a potentially dangerous job could cause property damage, serious injury or even death.


Hiring a Professional


  1. Expertise and Experience: Professionals bring with them years and often times decades of high-level training and experience to the job site. The know everything there is to know about their trade, and as such, they’re able to deliver high quality results consistently.
  2. Time-Efficiency: Because you’re hiring a professional, they know exactly how long your project is going to take, right down to the very week of completion in many cases. You save yourself the trouble of trial and error and having to learn as you go. The contractor that you hire will get the job done quickly, and get it done right – so you can focus on what it is that you do best.
  3. Guaranteed Results: When you work with a professional whose reputation precedes them, you can be confident that your investment will stand the test of time. Most contractors work within warranties and guarantees on all of the work that they complete – giving you peace of mind and protecting your investment.


  1. Cost: The obvious downside to working with a contractor is the cost. Required labor budgets can grow pretty quickly – however this is sort of a double-edged sword, as the more valuable you make your home, the more equity you have access to.
  2. Communication and Collaboration: While a contractor will do their best to bring your unique vision to life, we’re all only human. There may be times that you may need to compromise on small parts of your full list of desirables – given issues with budgets, structural or permitting specifics, or time constraints.
  3. Dependence on a Schedule: Contractors generally have a number of projects on the go – there may be times when their schedule doesn’t align completely with your schedule, causing concern over deadlines and finish dates.



Ultimately, when you’re deciding between making it a DIY project and hiring a professional, the right choice for you is going to come down to a number of factors, including the budget, timeline requirements, level of skill, and the complexity of the project at hand.

For simple tasks like installing a new closet door or replacing some light fixtures, the DIY route may be the way to go. But, for more complex and specialized projects like a bathroom or kitchen remodel, or installing a beam somewhere in the home – we would highly recommend leaving it to the professionals.

Working with a contractor like SteveBuilt can help to save you time, stress and potentially costly mistakes in the grand scheme of things.

Take your time, reflect on your options and make the choice that’s right for you and your family.

If you need any help whatsoever throughout this decision making process, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a chat.


To Your Success, The SteveBuilt Team