Home Repairs: DIY or Pro?

What common household to-dos can you tackle yourself? Which ones are best left to the pros? Read on for our top picks.

Ready to take the plunge on a DIY home project? It pays to weigh all of your options.

Saving cash by doing home repairs on your own may seem tempting, but it's not always the right call. In some instances, doing the work yourself can help keep your budget down — but in the long run it may also cost you more than working with a trusted professional. And pros with a track record for quality work can be especially helpful with more complex renovation projects.

Read on for popular home revamps and the best approach for getting the work done.

Update kitchen cabinet door fronts

According to the Cost vs. Value Report, a full kitchen remodel can cost nearly $64,000, but simply redoing kitchen cabinet doors by repainting, re-staining, or even adding new knobs can give the most trafficked area in the home a fresh feel. If embarking on the project on your own, be sure to research the best way to update specific materials and finishes.

Verdict: Do it yourself

Bathroom remodel

Bathrooms are especially tricky to renovate because of the small size and the numerous pricey components involved, say contractors. Even in a small space, installing new plumbing and ripping apart aging fixtures can take days. For a quick revamp, consider replacing lighting or adding extra storage to create a neatly organized, well-lit space.

Verdict: Leave it to a pro

New paint

If you invest in high-quality tools, a DIY paint job can be a great way to save money. Whether you're looking to repaint bedrooms or simply cover scuff marks in the hallway, prepare the surfaces before starting the painting process. In-store paint professionals can help you choose ideal finishes for each type of room.

Verdict: Do it yourself

Replace tiles

Replacing tile in a small space can be fun project with an instant wow factor. When replacing tile, be sure to purchase items such as tile cutters, adhesive, and a utility knife to get a pro look.

Verdict: Do it yourself (or leave it to a pro for big jobs)

Add storage to a mudroom

There's no need to work with a custom cabinet manufacturer for a sleek look. Consider installing low-cost, pre-made built-ins of different shapes to create a custom look. Add in anything from ready-made open shelving, stacks of drawers, and coat hooks to organize shoes, jackets, and bags without paying for custom work.

Verdict: Do it yourself

Up the curb appeal

Eager to spruce up the front of your home? It's easier than you think. Consider re-painting your front door or garage door, adding easy-to-maintain landscaping, or placing potted planters near the front stairs. Even a few simple touches will give visitors a great first impression. For bigger projects that involve new hardscaping or regrading, you may want the insights of a landscape pro.

Verdict: Do it yourself or leave it to a pro

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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