Saturday, April 29, 2006

Should You Do the Work Yourself?

Rehabbing houses is getting more expensive, so many investors try and cut costs by doing some of the work themselves. Personally, time is your enemy and I believe you save money when you hire professionals -- as long as you do your homework and get the best price.

However, you will always be tempted to at least do some of the work yourself. How do you devide which jobs to do? When determining whether to do the work yourself or hire someone, consider these questions:

  1. Can this job be done without getting a permit?
  2. Would your workmanship pass an inspectors approval?
  3. Do you know the building codes for this type of project?
  4. Have you done it before?
  5. Do you have the proper tools?
  6. Do you have the time to do it properly?
  7. Would YOU hire you to do the job?

A "no" for any one of them should make you reconsider.

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