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DIY’er Who do you hire?

September 15, 20223 min read

Congratulations! You have decided you want to take on your own construction project, now what?  In addition to defining your project with regard to scope, you will have to determine the makeup of your project team.  Your project will require many disciplines to complete and it is up to you to answer the question of who you need to help you along the way.  For a point of discussion I will reference a kitchen remodel as it is one of the most common and one of the most complex renovations you can tackle.  


The first thing that you must be able to do is to be honest with yourself about your capabilities.  This will help answer the question of who you need to hire.  You will have to break down all of the tasks associated with your renovation and assign a “who” to each task.  Other factors that will drive the answer to your “who’s” is cost and time.  If you are tight on your budget you will likely elect to handle more of the tasks yourself which could lead to a longer project duration.  If you are tight on your time schedule and your experience in construction is limited, you may want to consider adding some skilled knowledge to your team.  


There are 4 types of management help you might consider.  

  1. GC or General Contractor.  This person will most likely want to manage the entire project and procure all of the necessary components for your entire project.  This will certainly be your most expensive option.


  1. Project Manager PM/Owner's Representative OR.  I know this is by definition two separate roles but in this scenario working for a DIY’er, I believe they function very much the same.  This person will help navigate the process and bring to the table a knowledge base of vendors and subs in which to fully populate your team needs.  The expense of a PM/OR cou

  2. ld be an overall job percentage, a flat rate for the entire project or hourly.


  1. Designer.  A designer can assist with layout, specifications and procurement, they sometimes have labor referrals for you.  Designer’s can charge by the project or by the hour depending on how you negotiate.

  1. My personal favorite is a Kitchen/Bath DIY Course.  I will confess that this is my favorite option since my partner and I wrote the course.  It is designed to walk anyone through the process from dream phase to the reality of a successful project.  The only skill set needed is the ability to follow simple lessons and complete checklists.  I believe our course is comprehensive and easy to follow.  It is packed with all of the tools needed for you to feel the pride and satisfaction of a job well done.  You will feel like a pro while earning the respect of any vendor and sub trade that you work with.  Our course would be the lowest cost option and also includes an interactive AMA (Ask me Anything) Community.  By joining our community you will be able to ask the experts anything you need help with.  Click below for more information.

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