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Which Projects to DIY (and Which To Outsource)

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If you’re like most homeowners, hearing the term “DIY” may sound overwhelming. 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! Let’s chat! 

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Sandoval Realty Group

Sandoval Realty Group

Hey, I’m Christine Sandoval! As a native of Rancho Cucamonga, I not only grew up in the Inland Empire, but also chose to raise my family here and haven’t looked back! I’m a real estate agent with a passion for helping families find their forever homes. I come from a law enforcement and military family, and I pride myself in being a Military Relocation Specialist. I enjoy spending my time running around with my twin boys and using our free time to visit new places. I’m also passionate about serving the Inland Empire and look forward to connecting with you! See you around town!
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