Rosie on the House: Managing Hybrid DIY Projects

Special for the Arizona Daily Star

Last week we looked at the first steps of a DIY project. This week, we’ll discuss what the first steps of a DIY hybrid look like.

First off, when Rosie talks about a hybrid project, he’s referring to a DIY project that would include a professional for parts of the project that you might not feel comfortable taking on yourself. .

Precautions

As mentioned in our previous DIY article, under ‘precautions’, it is important to assess the DIY project in detail and realistically examine your skills.

After completing this harrowing, introspective, and often humiliating task, you realized the shortcomings of your skills. Take this knowledge and identify the business partners you will need during your planning process. You should also be aware of the many coaching services available, such as a general contractor ready to guide you when you have questions.

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Typically, do-it-yourselfers turn to HVAC, electrical, and plumbing professionals to help fill in skills that some of us don’t have. Be sure to contact all trades involved in your project, such as drywall, paint, flooring and others, for advice.

That said, don’t assume that all contractors are willing to “divide up” the work. For example, some plumbers or flooring contractors will not install fixtures or other materials that the homeowner has purchased. There could be warranty issues if you buy and they install it, or vice versa. Clarify this before buying anything.

Planning

We strongly recommend that you contact your local building department during the planning phase of your project. They will help you determine if permits and inspections are required. You may need help applying for and obtaining the necessary permits for your project. Knowing this ahead of time will also help you determine which partners you may need to include.

Selection

After identifying the tasks, you will need to hire a professional to complete them. This is where Rosie On The House can provide great support. Rosie’s free resources for homeowners and do-it-yourselfers (rosieonthehouse.com) are here for the sole purpose of helping you.

Rosie’s thorough selection process saves you time and effort in completing this often tedious task. Rosie’s Certified Partners are ready, willing and able to help you complete the skills needed to complete your DIY project.

Once you have viewed the Certified Partners’ websites, you can contact them and arrange an interview. Yes, an interview. Because you’ll be working closely with whoever you choose, you need to make sure the relationship and the personalities fit together. None of you want an unpleasant experience to keep you from completing a great project.

Rosie has countless DIY articles and blogs on her website to help you out.

Contract

Once you have selected the professionals (consult with at least two or three partners), get the details on the roles and scope of work they will perform. The partner should help you refine this, as the scope wording often becomes the basis for an estimate and, ultimately, the contract. Collect estimates and discuss planning as part of the estimate or proposal. This will be essential, especially in our current work environment.

Planning

This step will begin by mapping your commitment to a timeline. Think about how you want to work on your project and how many hours per week you plan to invest. Rosie warns us to be realistic. The “I’m going to spend all my weeknights and all my weekends” probably won’t work.

There will be days when you are too tired after work or have weekend commitments, such as children’s activities. Give yourself some wiggle room. Schedule time for your family and yourself.

Once you have drawn up a tentative schedule, plot it on a calendar. Put pencil to paper, or nowadays, fingers to a keyboard. You might think about doing this just before selecting the partner you choose to work with.

During the contract process, discuss your schedule and see if their schedule can mesh with yours, or if any changes need to be made. This process will go a long way in developing a working relationship with the professional and provide a realistic framework in which to move forward.

Communication

Start the project. As you progress, take time to reevaluate your schedule. If you need more time to complete a task, you should let the professional know. Communication is crucial. You will have the time you need and the professional(s) you have hired will have time to adjust their working hours.

Give as much notice as possible before the original agreed date. This courtesy will go a long way in establishing a good working relationship.

Remember, if you have a question, call Rosie and Romey on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and ask it during the live stream. Chances are someone else has the same question. Call us at 1-888-Rosie-4-U (1-888-767-4348).

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