diy vs professional

Hire a Contractor or Do It Yourself (DIY)?

With all the different DIY tutorials on the web, is it really necessary to hire a contractor for a remodel? There are important factors to consider when attempting a remodel on your own. Quicken Loans offers some Pros and Cons of both.

Photo: Bathroom remodel of a client in Long Beach, CA. For more photos of the entire home remodel, click  here .

Photo: Bathroom remodel of a client in Long Beach, CA. For more photos of the entire home remodel, click here.

With a contractor

  • You save time. Meaning they can most likely get the job done faster than you can, especially if you have work and a family to take care of.
  • Quality. The contractor will do the job right the first time, compared to you attempting to do the job yourself for the first time.
  • Warranties. Many contractors offer warranties to fix problems that may occur within a certain period of time after the project is completed.


  • Money. One of the main reasons people tend to go with DIY is because they save money.
  • Satisfaction. The fact you did the project on your own will leave you with a sense of satisfaction.
  • Experience. By working on a project yourself, you will gain some experience, whether it be becoming handy with tools or learning new techniques in building.

You can find the full article here.

If you decide you need a contractor, contact Kaplan Construction today at (562) 495-0483 or via email at to get started on your home remodel!

DIY vs. Hiring a Contractor

DIY is short for Do It Yourself. With different websites and TV shows dedicated to DIY, people tend to opt for DIY option to save money. When considering a larger project, such as remodeling or renovating your home, is DIY the way to go? Or should a professional handle the job?

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  1. Assess your skills.
    Experience and patience are important factors to a successful project. It will be difficult to tackle a large project yourself without the proper experience.

  2. Consider the costs.
    It may be cheaper just purchasing the material yourself, but if you do not have to tools needed for the project, it could be costly. It might be cheaper to hire a contractor.

  3. Evaluate your options.
    Compare the cost of remodeling yourself with the cost of hiring a contractor, as well as the tradeoffs for each option, to determine which route to choose.

The article may be read here provides possible decision making considerations…

- The DIY project can possibly kill you if you are not experienced.
- You could destroy your home
- Some projects may require a permit

- The job may be dangerous
- Mistakes can be costly
- It can hurt your home’s value

- Price the professional job
- Add the DIY costs
- Estimate time required
- Calculate your hourly wage

For a detailed explanation, the article may be read here.

With these topics to consider, one can determine whether or not it is feasible to do without a contractor.

Contact Kaplan Construction at 562-495-0483 or via email  if you decide to go with a contractor for any home renovations or additions.