It seems like everywhere you look these days, homeowners are trying new projects. Specifically, they’re trying home renovation projects on their own. And why not? YouTube and other social media sites offer a plethora of instructions for any project you can name, and in many cases the information is very good.
But some projects are still questionable, in terms of whether you can (or should) go the DIY route. Outdoor decks would definitely fall into that category. They seem like very simple structures, and in some ways, they are. Building one from scratch should be relatively easy to do on your own. But is it? Here are some ways in which a hiring a professional makes the job a lot easier.
1. Getting the design right
Planning and designing is an extremely important part of the process. It ensures that your deck stays on schedule and on budget. It prevents unwanted surprises later in the construction process, and addresses variables and potential issues that might come up.
Knowing how to follow instructions is a great skill, but there are aspects of planning an outdoor deck that can only be perfected through years of experience and training. The best professionals know how to expedite the planning process without cutting corners, so that your new outdoor deck is meticulously designed and planned before the first plank is installed.
2. Breezing through the paperwork
Local and state building codes can be difficult to get right, depending on where you live. So many DIY projects are interrupted, or even cancelled, due to the fact that the correct permits have not been obtained, or because the work itself does not meet local codes and ordinances. Any upstanding professional will take this side of things off of your plate completely. They’ll make sure that any and all necessary building permits are obtained, and that all regulations are strictly met. For many homeowners, not having to navigate the bureaucratic side of things is, in itself, enough to warrant professional help.
3. Results you can count on
What’s the main advantage to hiring a professional? Well, we’ve covered the planning process, and the important issue of satisfying local and state laws. But professional work really shines when you start looking at the final results. Many homeowners take pride in their DIY efforts, and enjoy the process of building a deck themselves. The question is, what kind results can they realistically expect, having never designed or built an outdoor deck before?
That’s not to say that some homeowners (particularly those who are talented builders with plenty of experience in other types of renovation and construction) can’t turn out a beautiful outdoor deck. But the reality is, professional work is consistent and dependable. More than that, it’s noticeable! The best local pros have built hundreds, maybe even thousands of outdoor decks. They know how to make the process go smoothly from beginning to end. The final results and workmanship, moreover, should be guaranteed in writing.
Hire a pro, or go DIY?
For some people, DIY outdoor deck building is a real option. But for the majority, hiring a professional to get the job done has too many great benefits to pass up.