Being able to create your home or add an extension on yourself through the power of DIY is an incredibly envious skill to be able to execute properly.

As a company with strong ties to Olive & Umber, who are a design led contractors based in Wansford, we know just ow satisfying construction work can be, especially if you’re self-taught, so we thought it would be a good idea to run through a few of the benefits of completing DIY vs. hiring a building contractor.

Let’s start with DIY.

Pros of DIY

  • The length of time is takes you to begin and complete a project is entirely in your hands. The control over the timeline is yours.
  • Your DIY home renovation project is more than likely going to be your only project, you won’t have another running concurrently which means all of your attention and energy will be transferred into your home.
  • If you’re doing the majority of the work yourself, it’s probably going to cost less. We can’t imagine you’ll be paying yourself for labour!
  • The level of satisfaction you get from the pay-off is unparalleled, especially as it’s your own home. We know when we improve homes by installing a HAB we feel immense pride, and we don’t even own the property our HAB has gone to live with!
  • As long as your vision matches your skill or you’re willing to learn, the outcome will likely match your vision.

Cons of DIY

  • It can be incredibly time consuming, especially if you’re taking the project on on a part-time basis into of your already full day.
  • Unless you have prior experience whether that be from previous projects or perhaps your employment lends itself well to a project like this, it’s going to be difficult. You don’t want the end result to end up looking amateur – practice where you can and decide what it within your skillset and what you need a professional for.
  • You’re responsible for the whole project, that’s the glory and the pitfalls! If something goes wrong the blame lies with you.
  • Your home may become a bit of a building site, again unless you’re old hat at projects like this, you may still be figuring out your work style which can sometimes look quite messy at the start. It also means you’re responsible for the tidy up!
  • If you don’t already have the tools required, you may need to hire or purchase them which can be pricey initially, but just think, any other time you decide to do a bit of DIY, you’ll have the tools already!

Now we can compare to hiring a contractor.

Pros of hiring a contractor:

  • The main one would be their experience. This is what they’re paid to do and to be employed as a tradesperson means that an individual has trained for their skill.
  • There are certain jobs that require immense skill, and unless you’re happy with a possible amateur attempt during a DIY project, it’s advisable to get the professionals in to help out. Jobs such as mural wallpaper, electrics, plumbing are all examples of specialist skills.
  • With a contractor taking the reins on the bulk of the project, it keeps your time free for other things.
  • By hiring a contractor, you also get access to their contacts too. They’ll have a trusted network of subcontractors that they’d be happy to share to help you on your way to your vision. 
  • Similar line of thought, contractors will know where to source materials for the best price too!
  • Permits! Your contractor should handle any permits required for your build. If your project needs to have permission before being built, you contractor will obtain this for you which is great because it can be a very tedious job. 
  • By hiring a contractor, this allows you to expand your vision beyond what your skillset would normally allow you to accomplish.

Cons of hiring a contractor:

  • Timelines are estimates, there are many variables that can affect the length of time it takes for a job to be completed. With Habattach, we know that our smallest HAB can be installed in as little as 12 days, but we put a buffer of 12-14 days to give ourselves some leeway should anything happen to affect this.
  • Generally speaking, it can be more expensive to hire a contractor. 
  • Being flexible when hiring a contractor is vital. We’re all human! Absences, annual leave, sickness etc. can all happen, and this may mean some adjustment to the schedule, however a good contractor will always give as much prior warning as possible in these situations. 
  • Make sure you’re clear about what you want from the beginning. Your vision is yours, don’t assume that everyone is seeing the same thing, be vocal and you’ll be fine.

Of course, these are just a handful of points to think about when undertaking a home project, whether it’s a renovation or extension project, it’s definitely worth doing your research and comparing different methods. The most important thing to bear in mind is to be safe with whichever option you choose. If you go down the DIY route, make sure you’re comfortable with the method and tools that you’re using. Use the internet for tutorials or even ask an expert for advice before making a start. Similar with hiring a contractor, make sure you know as much about the firm you’re choosing as possible, ask for testimonials and to see past work. 

If you’re looking to add an extension onto your home, why not check out Habattach? Our pre-fabricated, modular structures are a perfect space creating solution. The materials are prepared offsite with our supplier, delivered direct to site and installed by our HAB team in a few weeks. If you would like to find out more, send us an email to hello@habattach.com

Exterior Example - 6m x 4m Hab 2 Prefab Extension
Hab 2 Interior Example - Living Room Prefab Extension

If you would like to find out more about our modular extensions then head on over to www.habattach.com for more information or drop us an email to hello@habattach.com.

We can install our prefab extensions anywhere the UK including London, Oakham, Manchester, Northampton, Leicester, Coventry, Cambridge, Bedford, Lincoln, Birmingham and more.