When Do You Need A Drywall Contractor?
DIY home improvements can save you money and give you the satisfaction of a job well done. But many times homeowners find themselves overwhelmed by an unexpectedly challenging home improvement project. When it comes to drywall, there are plenty of horror stories about well-intended DIY-ers losing time, money, and even damaging their homes.
How do you know when to hire a drywall contractor and when to do it yourself? Drywall is generally inexpensive and quick to install, but getting it wrong could mean cracks, fractures, and further damage to your home. Be sure to consider your options carefully, as some projects are fine to do yourself, while others are better left to the professionals.
Do you have the time?
If you have the tools and skill, a small drywall repair might be a simple, one-weekend job. Larger projects, however, can take a DIY-er up to 25 days to complete. If you’re drywalling on weekends only, it could take you almost six months to finish the job!
If you’ve never fixed or installed drywall before, you’ll also need to factor in the time it will take to learn the necessary skills. Dry wall needs to be hung straight and secured to studs or beams. A licensed and insured drywall professional is trained and able to get the job done right the first time.
Consider how much free time you really have to devote to your project. If the project is small in scope, it may be worth doing yourself. If you have a larger project and a specific timeline for completion, however, you may be better off calling in a pro.
Do you have the budget?
When considering your overall budget, it’s important to factor in the total cost of the project, including the tools and materials you need to buy. Drywall panels are priced by type and thickness, with moisture, fire, and mold resistant drywall generally being the most expensive type.
Buying all of these materials for a small project may not cost too much, especially if you already have some of the items on hand. But if you don’t have any of the materials you need, or are working on a large project, the overall cost of your project starts to add up fast.
How big is the project?
If your project is small, and you have repaired or replaced drywall before, doing the project yourself can be a good opportunity to practice your skill. However, if your project is much larger in scope, consider whether your money might be better spent hiring a professional who can do the job quickly, efficiently, and within your budget.
A very large drywall project might require a building permit, which is another good reason to consider hiring a professional contractor. A professional drywall contractor will know what permits, if any, are needed and come prepared.
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