When Not To Do It Yourself

Feb 11, 2016

Home Depot, Lowe’s, and a mass of home design shows and websites have inspired homeowners everywhere to do it themselves. Turns out this is mostly true, however there are still some small to mid-range projects that are best left to the professionals.

The Home Projects Council surveyed homeowners to find out which projects they were comfortable doing on their own and which they were willing to task out. The biggest factor in whether to hire someone was overall cost versus savings.

Top Do It Yourself Improvements

Window treatments

Cabinet hardware

Closet systems

Lighting fixtures/fans


Install a mailbox

Stain, paint, or repair patios and concrete surfaces


Install pavers, stone patio, or walkway


More Likely to Hire a Pro

Replace countertops, backsplash, or cabinets

Tile a shower

Replace wood or vinyl flooring

Pour concrete patio, steps, or sidewalk

Build deck or fence

Build outdoor kitchen, barbecue, or fireplace

Install or build a shed or building

Lyon Real Estate

Lyon Real Estate is ranked the number one brokerage in annual home sales in the greater Sacramento region and has served the area for more than 65 years. In 2014, the company closed 7,553 transactions worth a total of $2.61 billion in sales volume. Lyon Real Estate has 961 agents in 17 offices located throughout the region.

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