As we begin to reach that time of year again where we all ask ourselves, where has the year gone?

A lot of people will be thinking of making some changes to the family house.

Now, before anybody gets ahead of themselves it is often a good idea to make sure that you have a good idea of what you want to do and who you want to use when you are looking at making changes to your property.

You have two simple options,

  • Do it yourself
  • Hire a builder

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Do it yourself (DIY)

There are many people who will all say that doing everything yourself is the way to make the changes to your house, and there are many good to why DIY can help a household and then there are some reasons to why you should not even begin to think of making use of your own hands and leave the changes to the professionals.

So what can you do yourself?

Well, depending on the skill level which you currently have will determine what you should and shouldn’t be doing.

To explain, if you know nothing about wiring a house then it is often a good idea to hire a qualified electrician to do your wiring for you, as they are often required by law to issue a certificate of safety to the local municipality saying your house is safe not only to live in (wiring wise) but also to connect to the city grid.

This, however, should not stop you from being able to change a light bulb or light fitting if you know how to do so.

Basically, the general rule of thumb is that if you are not qualified to make the changes yourself then rather leave it for the professionals to come in and make sure that your repairs or upgrades get done correctly.

The builder

For the purpose of this article, we will refer to everybody that is qualified to make drastic and professional changes to a building, as a builder.

When you choose to make use of a builder there are a few things that you are going to have to be aware of in order to make sure that your upgrades and changes get done correctly with the best overall experience for everybody involved.


The first thing that you are going to have to know is that depending on the amount of building that you want to do, will depend on what delays you will come across.

You can thank the delays on a large number of variables which builders can encounter when making any changes of any kind.

This, of course, influences your budget and can either blow or make your budget. It is a good idea to make sure that you over budget.


It is important to make sure that your builder is making use of some form of insurance. If they are not making use of insurance there is a good chance that the builders will not take responsibility for any damages done, which could be an issue depending on the builder.