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DIY vs. Contractor: How to Tackle Home Improvement

When it comes to tackling home improvement projects, many homeowners face the dilemma of whether to hire a contractor or embark on a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. There are instances where DIY can be a good option, but there are also compelling reasons why hiring a contractor is often the better choice. Before you tackle a do-it-yourself project, consider the benefits of hiring a contractor. Let’s take a look at why a contractor can often be a better option than doing the job yourself.


When you plan a home improvement project, you need to consider the type of results you want. If you’re tackling a project that will be visible from the street, you want to ensure quality results, as it can affect the curb appeal and value of your home.

Whatever home improvement project you’re looking to DIY, if you’ve never handled that type of project before, your final results may not turn out the way you expect. Our team at Engelhard Construction has years of experience handling all types of home construction projects. Our knowledge and attention to detail ensure you receive the level of workmanship and quality you desire from the finished project.


When it comes to starting a home improvement project, you need to consider codes and compliance issues. Small home improvement projects, like a fresh coat of paint, might not be governed by codes and regulations, but that is not the case with major home improvement projects.

Government regulations and building codes often govern home improvement projects like room additions, basement conversions, and deck construction. Contractors are knowledgeable in industry best practices, building codes, and regulations and will ensure you have everything you need for a safe and up-to-code project.


If you want to tackle a home improvement project yourself, you’ll need to consider your schedule. Home improvement projects can often be time-consuming, especially if it’s a substantial project. If you don’t have the right tools or experience, these projects can take even longer. And the results may not be what you expect.

In this area, contractors have a couple of advantages over the DIY approach. First, contractors have specialized tools, equipment, and a skilled team to help with the projects. Second, they have experience working on a designated schedule, allowing them to complete your project in a timely manner.


When you’re planning a home improvement project, you need to consider the overall cost. If you’re planning a small project, it may be more cost-effective for you to do it yourself.

But, if you’re planning a major project, you may save more money by hiring a contractor, especially when you consider the cost of renting or buying equipment, supply costs, and your time.

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If you’re ready to start your home improvement project today, get a quote today! Call us at (616) 204-5376 or use our online contact form. At Engelhard Construction, our team of skilled experts is here to handle all your home improvement needs.

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