I’m often asked how hard it is to build a house or do a renovation. Do you think I can do it by myself is what I’m usually asked. I always respond with the same answer. You can most definitely renovate or build yourself but it will be a steep learning curve and a costly one.
I built my first house in 1995 when I was living in Winnipeg. I actually hired a guy to be the General Contractor. I was on the site everyday and the General Contractor vary rarely showed up at the site. I learned a lot through watching that house being built and thought I would have a good handle on the next house I was going to build. What a mistake that was.
In 1998 I decided I was going to build a house. I really didn’t know what I was doing but I figured that since I had watched my first house being built I could stumble my way through and hopefully have a place for my family to call home. As I started building the house I quickly realized that there was a lot more to building than I had expected. Nevertheless, I was able to complete the house and we moved in. The problem is it cost me way more money to build the house by myself than it would have to hire someone to build the house for me and my stress level was through the roof. So that is what you have ask yourself: Do you want to spend more money to renovate this house or build this house just so you can learn how to do it while at the same time experiencing excessive amounts of stress.
An average person with average intelligence can build a house or do a renovation if they have the time. But one thing is for sure, you will have to pay in one form or another.
Next time I will write about how much it should cost for a General Contractor to do your renovation or custom home for you.
The top picture is a picture of an addition and kitchen renovation before the project and the other picture is what the addition and renovation looked like after the project.
LIDA Homes Inc. / Mr. Contractor Referral Services
Web Site www.MrContractorReferralServices.com
Facebook Mr. Contractor Referral Services don’t forget to click on LIKE and receive FREE promotions