Depending on the size of your project, there are a few different approaches as to who to hire, if you hire. Some are a better fit then others depending on your budget and how much time and/or work you want to put into your remodel. You may want to roll up your sleeves and dig-in or you may want to just write the check to the firm doing the work for you. Then there is what we, at Concepts by Design, call the collaborative way which is a hybrid of do-it-yourself and full-service remodeling companies. Let’s break down the pros and cons of these three levels.
They will offer all the services needed for your remodel. From interior designers, computer aided drafters and architects, pulling permits to building i.e. plumbers, electricians and installers. As well as project management and selection of material services and providing the materials as well. This is all offered with a heavier price tag but could be your best option if you have a large project and need all the services available through a design/build firm.
Some pros and cons
· They are turn-key, some even offer financing, who will complete your project from A-Z.
· Majority of services and materials offered through one source.
· May relieve some of the stress when a team of professionals are involved and provide more hand holding.
· More expensive. You are paying for company overhead and employee structure.
· For liability reasons, your involvement related to labor is nil so saving money by doing some of the work is not an option.
Perhaps you’re a DIY kind of person. With HGTV, we all get inspired to undertake a home improvement project or two.
I am a fan of the DIY way since my husband remodeled two of our bathrooms and ran a gas line to our kitchen saving us money when we were just starting out. DIY projects that are bigger, like full kitchen remodels, may require more than expected.
Some pros and cons
· Budget – Saves money on labor.
· Learn something new – It is uplifting for one to expand their talents and knowledge by learning and stretching their capabilities by attending workshops, watching videos, reading books and of course DOING!
· Return on investment (ROI), selling your home for its increased value due to your love and sweat.
· Takes longer to complete the project. I have a client/friend whose husband has been “working” on their guest bath for over three months and has made very little progress. He simply has no extra time with work and family life. Some individuals use their vacation time to “work around the house.”
· Warranty – your own work falls back on you whereas a contractor, should, offer you a warranty and their experience can avoid common mistakes.
· Requires running around to different stores and vendors to select finishes and materials as well as constant trips to big box stores for building supplies.
· Without a professional to inform you as to what’s available or extend their trade discounts, you may not be satisfied with your choices and go over budget fast.
The Collaborative Way
At Concepts by Design, we offer several a ’la cart items so you can pick and choose the services you need whether you have a contractor or not.
Some pros and cons
· Offer wholesale pricing on materials – Cabinetry, counter tops, flooring, plumbing…in one convenient showroom.
· Provide design services – designs help in getting quotes and estimates on materials and labor and captures your vision before implementation.
· Selection services – we pull together the many materials to ensure the palette achieves the look you want.
· Referrals – We can align you with a trade professional or full-service contractor.
· You are not paying for a company’s overhead but instead for only the services and materials you utilize.
· The cons revert to the DIY section depending on your involvement.
Whichever path you choose, remember to set aside the “unforeseen budget.” Whether it’s labor or materials, there is only so much to be expected.