DIFM vs DIY. Which is the fit for your skill level? Part 1
“Should I hire someone to do the job for me or should I do it myself?” Whether it’s installing new shingles on the roof, building a deck, or installing a backsplash - every homeowner has asked themselves this question. Depending on the skill level, DIY tasks can be quite an undertaking in time, money, equipment, and effort. Which brings us back to the question, should you hire someone to Do-it-For-Me (DIFM) or Do-It-Yourself (DIY)?
Start by determining your DIY skill level
It all starts with an honest evaluation of your DIY skill level and the seriousness of your home improvement project. There are projects that are a perfect fit for the beginner or moderate DIYer, while other projects may be better for the advanced DIYer or be considered for a DIFM hire. To help you determine your skill level, we’ve broken out DIY work into three categories: Beginner, Moderate, and Advanced.
Beginner DIYers have little to no experience with home repair and improvement projects. Maybe you’ve wanted to dabble in DIY but are yet to have the chance? Or you’ve installed a small tiled floor in the laundry room and want to try out more projects? You’ll need to find inspiration, plan out your projects, purchase tools, and do a lot of research before starting your next DIY job. Some examples of Beginner DIY projects are:
- Switching out faucet/hardware
- Installing a small tile floor
- Building raised flower beds
- Painting/papering a wall
- Installing new lighting fixtures
Those categorized as moderate DIYers have a few DIY projects under their belt and have branched out into a few more technical and time-consuming projects such as installing a backsplash or building a small back deck. If you are a moderate DIYer, you have the basic tools, an eye for how much effort and time a project will take and enjoy perfection in the little, complicated details of a project. Some ideal projects for you are:
- Installing or redoing a tile backsplash
- Building a deck
- Stripping and staining wood doors or cabinets
- Installing a larger floor area like an entryway
Advanced DIYers have vast experience in home improvement projects and feel confident undertaking the most complicated of tasks such as waterproofing and installing a shower. If you have the tools and materials that a professional would own and your friends ask you advice for their DIY projects, you are most likely an advanced DIYer. Some projects you may have completed are:
- Installing a tiled shower
- Installing sheetrock for a basement remodel
- Insulating the attic
- Tiling the fireplace
- Installing heated floors
We hope this blog post helps you determine the best fit for your skill level. In Part 2 of ” DIFM vs DIY. Which is the fit for your skill level?”, we will give you key questions that help you decide whether you should hire a professional for your project or Do-It-Yourself.