An easy way to decide whether to try DIY or use a Professional
Sometimes you look at a renovation project and you think “hang on, maybe I can save some money if I do it myself…” but most likely you will spend many days debating it, throwing up the pros and cons before actually getting started.
What most people don’t know is there is a very easy, reliable and sensible way to make the decision that takes the emotional weigh-up out of it. Look to the legislation and regulation. Each council and state governing body will have regulations around renovations and that extends to knowing whether or not a DIY job fits the bill or if you need a professional.
For example, in Queensland where we are based the value of building work should not exceed $3,300 for a renovation conducted as DIY. For work that exceeds $3,300 it should be carried out by a licensed contractor. However, if you are completing DIY work worth $11,000 in value or more, you need to hold an owner builder permit and have the necessary qualifications.
This is because there are so many regulations your renovation work must meet including; bracing, joists, bearers, correct fixings, balustrade heights, minimum post sizes, proper termite protection and timber durability. If your property doesn’t meet these requirements you are likely to run into trouble when you try to sell and this will cost you more time and money in the long run.
So next time you’re weighing up whether or not to go DIY or use a professional, go to the rule book and use the guide of $3,300 as your rule of thumb. To learn more about your state’s unique regulations, please visit the state government website or Master Builders Australia.