Are you planning on demolishing and renovating your kitchen, but don’t want to pay the full price of a General Contractor?
If that’s the case, there’s some good news and some bad for you. The good news is, you can actually demolish your kitchen by yourself and actually do a pretty good job if you are careful.
The bad news can be, for someone with no experience in building, demolishing, and renovating, it can be hard to tell if you are doing things “right” or if you are damaging some important structures like pipes and electrical wires. Keep reading to know what you can do about these challenges.
Here are the pros of doing the kitchen demolition yourself:
• Save money: the most obvious benefit. Hiring contractors to demolish your kitchen can cost quite a bit of money, and you’d be saving it for other jobs that also require professional hands.
• Salvage some of the stuff: most contractors would take the debris and dump it at some site. If you do it yourself, you can determine what can be of use and what needs to go to the trash.
NOW ON THE CONS:
• It can be unsafe: if you have no experience in demolition, it can be unsafe to wield a hammer, tear apart your cabinets, etc. With their knowledge and experience, contractors would establish safe conditions first
• It’s tiring: particularly if you are not used to intense physical labor.
• It takes a long time: depending on the extent of the job, it can be done in about a weekend or longer. However, for people with no experience, this can stretch for days and days if they don’t have full-time availability. And during all this time you’ll be left without a kitchen.
• You can damage important wires or pipes: if you don’t know exactly what you are doing, you can damage some important pipes or wires that run within the walls.
• You might be unsatisfied with the results: the results might not be what you expected and you might have to hire a contractor anyway.
While the negative side effects might not actually happen if you do some diligent research before grabbing the hammer, they are still a possibility you need to consider.
Ultimately, it is your choice whether you want to learn to do the demolition by yourself, or you want to play it safe and hire a professional, at a higher cost. Hopefully, the information we offered will help you compare your options and determine which one suits your needs the best.