Kitchen Remodeling - Do-It-Yourself or Hire a Pro

North Carolina is a rapidly growing state, and typically along with population growth comes a surge in the housing market. If you are living in one of the most popular areas in North Carolina such as Durham, you may have noticed the influx of people lately, and you may even be savvy enough to want to take advantage of this influx by selling your home. One of the best ways to make sure that you get maximum value for your home is by doing a few renovations, and the kitchen is often the best place to start. Getting the best price for your home may require granite countertops, new cabinetry, or an updated backsplash. According to a Durham stone fabricator, a key part of getting the most value for your home is knowing where to save money, and knowing where to spend it. Some renovations in the kitchen are easy, effective, and should in never require a contractor. Some, on the other hand, should almost never be done without one. Understanding which remodels require a contractor and which don’t is one of the keys to a successful kitchen remodel.

Hire a Contractor

If you are going to do a complete kitchen makeover, you should have the contractor come in to do the heavy lifting first. Many of the minor jobs can be done by you, and these are mostly finishing touches, so if there are any structural changes being performed, you will want a professional for these. For instance, for the installation of granite countertops, a reputable contractor should definitely be called. This job is far too technical and difficult for the average homeowner and likely will require expensive tools that the homeowner doesn’t possess. Electrical changes, cabinet additions, and some appliance upgrades should be handled by professionals as well. Changing from the single stove to the double oven is definitely not a job for the amateur. Changing from one stove to another with no structural changes, however, can be easily managed with no help, provided there is someone to take away the old appliance.

Do it Yourself

Some projects are so easy that hiring a professional is an absolute waste of money. In general, anything that is merely a cosmetic change can be done by the homeowner. This includes painting walls, adding or removing wallpaper, painting or refinishing cabinets, and changing cabinet and drawer hardware. Even though a handyman would probably do these things fairly cheaply, minor expenses will start to stack up pretty quickly, and paying someone to do all of this work will end up costing you far more than if you roll up your sleeves and get it done. The reason is this: if a remodeler or a handyman charges by the hour, so whether they are working on a more intense project like installing granite countertops or changing out drawer handles in your kitchen they will get paid the same per hour. Because of this, he is most likely going to set his rates based upon the harder jobs which means charging you far more in labor than the job is worth. Once the major changes to the kitchen are done, pay the pro and then save yourself the money and take care of the minor things yourself.


There are a few jobs that fall in between these two categories. In general, it is best to err on the side of caution for these jobs. If you are fairly confident you can do them yourself and you are trying to save as much as possible, then do them, but if you have any doubts and have very little money to burn, then pay someone else. These jobs include redoing the floors and backsplashes, and changing out faucet hardware and lighting. If you have done these things before, you can probably knock them out, but if you haven’t, hire someone and pay attention to how they do it. That way next time, you can give it a shot yourself.

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