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DIY Kitchen Installations
Do-it-yourself projects are on the rise, partly due to the economy, partly due to the increased availability of materials and resources; kitchen installations are one of those projects. As big of a project as this is, it is actually one that with a lot of preparation and research, most homeowners can accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. This is also one of the more expensive jobs to hire someone to do, so the savings to the homeowner are significant. There are some major things that can go wrong, though, so it is important to honestly evaluate your home improvement skills as well as thoroughly researching the project.
Advantages of DIY kitchen installations
The biggest advantage of do-it-yourself kitchen installations is the cost savings. An average contractor will charge 15%-30% of the cost of materials for labor. If your materials are on the less expensive side, then the labor won't be as much, but it's still more than you would pay if you did it yourself. Another advantage of diy kitchen installation is that you are able to design it to your specific needs and tastes. It's like getting a fully customized kitchen for a much, much lower price. Also, because you are the one doing the work, you have a little more flexibility in work hours, which will make it easier to accommodate your family's needs.
Disadvantages of DIY kitchen installations
The main disadvantage of diy kitchen installations is that you, most likely, are not a trained contractor. Sometimes over the course of the job, problems may arise that you are not equipped to handle, and you may spend more hiring someone to fix the problem than you would have if you had hired someone. Another disadvantage is the time this type of project takes. A hired professional could complete an entire kitchen installation in a week or less, depending on the size and complexity of the job, while a fairly inexperienced do-it-yourself-er make take twice as long. This is fine, as long as you and your family don't mind being without a kitchen for two or three weeks.