Which Projects to DIY (and Which To Outsource)


If you’re like most homeowners, hearing the term “DIY” sends a shiver down your spine. 😱 And, to be honest, there are some DIY projects that are best left to the professionals. Here are some things to consider…

First, check your city rules to make sure you don’t need a permit for whatever work you’re doing. A quick call to the building department will get you started off on the right foot. And if you live in an HOA, be sure to check your CC&R’s too!

Second, determine how much the project is going to cost to see if it fits in with your budget. I can’t even tell you how many clients I’ve seen start a DIY project only to find that it was a lot more expensive than they thought!

Third, determine the scope of work involved. Just because your favorite HGTV personalities make DIY projects look simple, it doesn’t mean they actually are. There are any number of things that can and do go wrong behind the scenes in any one of these hour-long segments. Working beyond your skill level can be both extremely dangerous and costly.

Finally, here’s a list of projects to DIY (and outsource)…

3 DIY-Friendly Projects

  • Painting
  • Landscaping
  • Hardware

3 Projects to Outsource

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Roofing

Remember, tackling any major project or renovation without having the necessary permits, budget, or skill level can put you in danger, in debt, or with irreparable damage.

Need help deciding which home improvement projects to DIY and which ones to leave to the pros? I can help! Just send me a message or text me at 646.644.0099. No pressure, no sales tactics, just the help and guidance that you need!


P.S. Be sure to check out my free local Facebook Group, Explore NY Life. It’s a great place to connect with other community members and get weekly updates on the best events and happenings in and around town!


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Nina Rodriguez

I'm Nina Rodriguez. I am a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Realty. I live and work in the Hudson Valley and love everything this area has to offer. If you live or thinking about moving here, you have come to the right place! Stay up to date on Events, Outdoors, Real Estate, and more. I’m looking forward to connecting with you soon! See you around town! hello@thehvlife.com | 914.685.8222

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