So, you’re getting ready to drywall; that’s great news. A new project is always exciting, especially if it’s one that you have been a long time waiting for. Even a new addition in the form of an extension is exciting and should have you anticipating a great finished product.
However, you now have to make a decision. Should you drywall as a do-it-yourself project or hire someone out? There are costs and expenses involved with both, and there are ups and downs to each equation. Let’s take a look.
Materials Needed to Drywall as a Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement Project
* Drywall saw – These are designed for the purpose of cutting through the outer layers of the drywall to break through the material. This is like your own personal saw to cut and size as needed, and will make your job that much easier.
* Drywall hammer – When it comes to joint compound you want all the help you can get, and the drywall hammer is a good tool to have.
* Drywall screw gun – When you need to create a nice little dimple in your drywall, there’s no better tool to cut through than the drywall screw gun for driving those screws into the wall.
* Drywall screws – What’s a drywall screw gun without drywall screws? You want the most secure screws for the job, so using drywall screws is your best bet.
* Good old-fashioned utility knife – Chances are you will already have a utility knife; if not, you should invest in a new, sharp utility knife.
* Compound and tools – You are going to need a compound, whether you choose pre-mixed or not, and you will need mixing tools as well as taping knives in order to adhere the edges of the tape to the seam. Sanding tools or sandpaper for drywall is necessary too. Joint tape to cover those seams is a necessary component as well.
As you can see, this is a comprehensive list of what you will need to buy, which could add up significantly.
Should You Hire a Home Improvement Contractor?
However, hiring someone or a home improvement specialist to put up your drywall might incur even more expenses than getting these materials and doing it yourself. Hiring a quality professional doesn’t (and shouldn’t) come at a cheap price.
What you also need to look at, though, is how much time and effort it will take you if you do it yourself. Your time can be as valuable as your money.
Consider these questions first:
- Do you have most or all of these tools? If so, then that is great news because doing it yourself is a no-brainer. That is a win/win situation.
- Do you have any previous experience doing this? If so, then doing it yourself is likely the right choice for you as well. You already have the expertise and the tools and it’s only a matter of putting in the time.
- Is doing the job yourself going to take you away from any money-making activity such as work? Will you be losing pay or giving up some sick days and vacation time?
When it comes to cost, it’s important to look at your own personal situation and make the choices that are best for you and your circumstances.
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