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Home renovation: Can you DIY, or should you hire a professional?

Deciding whether to do a home renovation yourself (DIY) or hire a professional remodeler depends on several factors including the complexity of the project, your skill level, budget and the time you can commit. A pros and cons comparison to help you make an informed decision is included below.

DIY renovation pros:

  • Cost savings. One of the biggest advantages is the potential to save money on labor costs.
  • Personal satisfaction. Completing a project yourself can be highly rewarding and give you a sense of accomplishment.
  • Learning experience. You can learn new skills and gain experience that might be useful for future projects.
  • Flexibility. You can work on your own schedule without needing to coordinate with a contractor.

DIY renovation cons:

  • Timeconsuming. DIY projects will take much longer than having a remodeling contractor do the work, especially if you are learning as you go.
  • Skill limitations. Certain tasks require specialized skills and tools that you might not have.
  • Quality risk. Without hands-on remodeling experience, the quality of the work may not meet your expectations; your work may not stand the test of time.
  • Safety concerns. Some renovations, particularly those involving electrical, plumbing or structural changes, can be dangerous if not done correctly.

Professional remodeling pros:

  • Expertise and experience: Experienced residential remodelers bring years, even decades, of experience and can often complete projects more efficiently and to a higher standard.
  • Quality assurance: Hiring a licensed and bonded remodeling company comes with a warranty or guarantee on their work.
  • Time efficiency: Skilled remodelers can complete projects faster and with fewer mistakes, saving you time and money.
  • Access to resources: Resident remodeling contractors have access to better tools and resources and can often get materials at a lower cost.
  • Permits and regulations: Local remodeling contractors are familiar with Whatcom County building codes and can handle necessary permits.


  • Higher cost: The primary drawback is the higher cost due to labor and sometimes higher quality materials.
  • Less control: You have to be flexible with the project timeline, adjusting to meet the availability of the remodeling contractor you hire.
  • Finding the right contractor: It can be challenging to find a reliable, trustworthy contractor who can do the work on your timeline.

When to DIY:

If you have small projects that don’t require structural changes or special permits like painting, minor landscaping, installing shelves and other small-scale projects.

When to hire a professional:

If you are planning a major renovation to your home, such as adding rooms, structural changes, or extensive plumbing or electrical work, we advise hiring a licensed remodeling contractor.

With careful preparation and a proactive approach, you’ll be well on your way to creating the home of your dreams without unnecessary setbacks or disruptions. Hudson Remodeling is a Whatcom County remodeling contractor with decades of experience working with local building officials throughout the county. Please feel free to reach out to discuss your next project.