DIY or Hire a Professional for Outdoor Living Project

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    When you own a home, knowing your way around tools and how to build basic structures can be beneficial. If you are one of the few people who are competent when it comes to DIY projects, it may be tempting to take a DIY approach to your outdoor living area. After all, with this approach, you could save quite a bit of money. However, you have to ask yourself – would you really save in the long run? Before diving into a DIY Kansas City outdoor living project, ask yourself these questions. The answers will let you know whether or not you should move forward with the project you have planned.

    Do you have the tools necessary to do the work properly?

    For example, most projects require screeds, laser levels, compactors and masonry saws. If you don’t have these on hand, the cost to acquire them can be high. Additionally, a hand tamper won’t provide the same results that a professional grade compactor can. Professionals will have access to high quality, commercial grade equipment and tools to ensure the job is done right.

    Do you have past experience operating the equipment and making steady cuts?

    Commercial grade equipment can take some time to get used to and to learn how to use properly. Unfortunately, even those who have used certain tools in the past may not have the steady hand necessary to make smooth, even cuts. In most cases, you can tell DIY work simply because the edges and cuts are not as high quality or smooth as what the professionals can do.

    Do you have the time to complete the project?

    Some outdoor living are projects can take weeks or even months to complete if you try to do it yourself. For some homeowners, this type of time dedication is just too much. In many cases, many projects are left half-done for quite a while simply due to the large amount of time the projects take. A professional can make short work of any project, regardless of how involved or complex it may be.

    Can you justify the cost savings if the project crumbled, settled or failed in the future?

    Even a seemingly small, insignificant mistake can lead to small walls falling over or other issues with outdoor projects. All the time and effort you put into the DIY project is then worth nothing. However, with a professional this isn’t an issue. Not only will they provide professional services that last, they will also offer a guarantee for their work for a certain amount of time. This provides peace of mind that the project is going to last.

    Hardscape materials are a sizable investment, regardless of who installs it. However, when you make sure to use the services of a professional, it helps ensure timely completion of the project and that it is done properly the first time.

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    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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