Pros and Cons of DIY Renovations

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DIY Renovations

Renovations can be a costly expense to take on so it’s very tempting for the average homeowner to undertake DIY renovations themselves. Is the risk of something going wrong worth the money you may save? Sometimes mistakes can end up more costly than the initial project.

Here are some pros and cons if you are considering DIY renovations around your home.


  • Thanks to YouTube and many other how-to websites there are easy guides to help you with many simple projects.

You may also find some useful information at your local hardware store or even be able to take a class in certain DIY topics. For example, check out the Bunnings DIY Advice page.

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  • It can save you money, particularly on smaller projects. You are able to pick and choose the items you use yourself without having to worry about additional labor costs.
  • There is something rewarding about stepping back and admiring your own work.
  • A person can gain valuable experience doing their own projects at their home to put to use on future projects.


  • Larger and more complicated tasks are not recommended for a beginner. A lot can go wrong if you do not have the right experience, tools or knowledge to do things properly.
  • Some tasks legally require only a professional to do some tasks, including electrical or plumbing work.
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  • If you make a mistake to your home that causes damage you are not insured and will have to pay out of pocket for this mistake. This can be very costly, even more so than paying a professional to begin with.
  • It takes a lot of time and patience to do a project by yourself. Unless you have taken time off to complete the DIY renovation, you are likely trying to squeeze in time between work and other daily activities. A professional can accomplish the project at a much faster pace as they have a crew, experience and knowledge to complete tasks quickly and efficiently.
  • The quality may be sub-par in comparison to the work of a professional. These imperfections can prove to be a mistake if you decide to sell your home, as home buyers are often very picky.
  • Some tasks may require tools that you do not have or will need any other time. This can be costly having to buy tools specific to the project that you may never need again or by having to rent out the equipment.
  • DIY projects can be very physically and emotionally demanding. If you are not prepared for this stress on your body and mental health, than DIY renovations are not right for you.


For some minor projects, a little DIY renovation is fine. For larger projects, it may be best to leave it to the professionals. If something goes wrong during a project under the care of a professional that is fully licensed and insured you are covered under a warranty that their license provides.

Unless you have the skills and knowledge to do the project, it is recommended that you do your research to find a professional that can work within your budget.

Should you want to check the credentials of any tradesmen you plan to hire, all businesses who list on the Riverina Tradies website must supply their licence number. Or, if a licence is not required for their trade, they must supply their ABN.

Helpful Links

Here are some related articles you might find useful:

A recent survey by Mortgage Choice found that over 40% of homeowners plan to renovate their home to improve their quality of living. Property Observer has compiled a list of the top 10 renovating tips from the many experts…

There are generally two sorts of renovators – the ‘move out, call the builders and do it all in one go’ kind, and the ‘live in the mess and DIY’ type…

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