While the DIY home improvement weekend warrior can undoubtedly accomplish a great deal, some projects are just better left to the professionals. When determining whether to tackle a project yourself or consult with a contractor, consider these factors: Cost Of Tools: Many projects require specialized tools and equipment which, if not already in the possession of the homeowner, can add substantial project costs. If your project can be undertaken with rented or borrowed tools it may still be worth doing yourself. However, in most cases if the project requires substantial equipment to be purchased or the tools needed will only be used once, it’s well worth it to contact a contractor. As an added benefit, home improvement professionals will already have experience and expertise using the equipment in question. Cost Of Materials: Raw materials make up a large portion of any project cost. However, this expense can actually be minimized by working with home improvement professionals. Contractors bring to the home improvement table supplier relationships, allowing them to get materials at a much lower cost than the average homeowner. In addition, working with a professional can prevent costly supply wasting mistakes. Cost Of Coding: For the more substantial elements of home improvement, such as plumbing or electrical work, coding requirements must be taken into consideration. While codes may vary by region, many jurisdictions require that work be completed by a licensed and bonded professional to meet code. Not following coding requirements cannot only result in safety risks, but also insurance penalties and legal sanctions. Cost Of Peace Of Mind: While home improvement in general is not for the faint of heart, some projects are particularly dangerous. For example, major electrical projects or any work involving gas lines should always be referred to a professional. Although a price tag cannot be placed on safety, the best way to ensure your own wellbeing is to work with a trained professional for all major home improvement projects. Contractors have the training necessary to minimize safety risks and ensure that both you and your home are left standing when the job is done!