DIY vs Professional Renovation


For all the homeowners out there who are considering their options when doing a home renovation project we have put together some of our thoughts on DIY vs Professional Renovation. Having decided to make some home improvements it is crucial to fully evaluate whether you can complete the project yourself (if you want to) or whether it would be safer and more efficient to arrange for a professional tradesman to do it for you. There are many factors to consider including evaluating your own level of skill and patience as well as what sort of budget you have to work with. Another deciding factor might be timescale and your own availability.

One of the very first things you should do is make a plan which lists all elements of the project, for example the project goal might be to fit a new bathroom however an individual element might be to plumb in a shower and another might be to fit a light socket, each of these elements require completely different skill sets and therefore should be considered individually. Defining individual elements of a project will allow you to identify the skill set needed for each job. In addition it is also a good idea to make some educated assumptions about how long each element will take to complete and if any elements have any dependancies, for example the plumbing might need to be completed before the flooring is put down. You might find that after having made a plan it is clearer what tasks you would be able to complete yourselves and where you would need help from trade professionals such as plumbers, architects, electricians & carpenters. 

Once you have a plan listing all the individual elements of a project, if you have decided to take on any of the elements yourself, you may want to check the legal requirements to ensure that there is not any legislation which prevents you from taking on a project without the help or supervision from a professional. In some cases you may be able to do the work yourself and then get a qualified professional to check what you have done to ensure it is up to the approved standard. In addition to insuring you are sticking within the parameters of the law, it is also crucial to ensure that you are sticking to the same health and safety procedures that professionals themselves would adhere to, perhaps even taking a short course to cover the basics. 

If you have decided that you are skilled enough to do the work yourself and have done your research into the legal implications and are confident enough to proceed, It is important to finally consider how much time you are able to spare to complete such a large project. Taking on a home renovation project especially when you are looking to add an extension onto a property can be time consuming, stressful and laborious. Can you fit the work in around your other commitments such as your day job and family life, homeowners can often resent taking on a project as other commitments can often delay the completion of the renovation project and cause emotional strain on families. 

In summary, whilst there is nothing wrong with doing some small DIY projects round the house, it can sometimes be more efficient to get the professionals in for bigger home renovation projects. It is definitely worth making a plan either way though in order to have clear goals and expectations and in order to help you decide which jobs might be suitable for your skill set and which jobs require a qualified professional. Byoot are experts at helping our clients to plan and manage renovation projects from start to finish. 

Byoot provides a full turnkey solution to our clients, from planning, architects, structural engineers, building control and the build, leaving our clients to focus on their day jobs while we do ours. If you are thinking of extending, renovating or improving your home speak to one of the team on 0208 4509185 or send us an email at

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