We get quite a few customers come to us wanting help with do-it-yourself projects. Because of our 30 plus years in business, access to wholesale material pricing, and experience with code enforcement, they often ask for a range of services, including:
- Help drawing up plans or getting engineering
- Selling materials
- Onsite help getting a job started or fixing one that they messed up
We do all of the above, and more, but it’s not our favorite way of working. The vast majority of the time, a DIY project of the type we do (sunrooms, decks, awnings) turns into a disaster that costs a lot more when we have to come out and fix it or bring it up to code.
Seth Godin wrote a blog about DIY surgery. You can find his original post HERE. I modified his blog to apply to DIY construction-
Here’s a drill and a hammer from Lowe’s.
Here’s a video I saw on YouTube once.
Here are some instructions I read on Quora…
Okay, how hard can it be?
Actually, it might be very hard. Actually, expertise has value. Actually, just because someone said it on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. Or useful.
Experts aren’t always right. But I’d rather live in a building built by an expert, fly in a plane designed by an expert and yes, have surgery done by an expert.
Even barbers get trained.
Dave, the guy that would prefer to build your project instead of fixing your project