Knowing when to not DIY

We all know DIY projects around the house can save time and money. Knowing when to not DIY can actually be better for your budget and save you time as well. Plus, it means fewer chances of having to go back and fix up mistakes.

If you’re renovating on a budget, don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to save money without compromising on quality. Think long term by choosing products, materials and finishes that are quality, low maintenance and hard-wearing. Polished concrete, flake or metallic epoxy floors, concrete overlays, honed or exposed concrete are all great options to consider that will stand the test of time when properly installed.

While you might be hesitant to bring a contractor in to do the work, in the long run it will be worth it. Hiring someone with knowledge and experience can save you time and money on future repairs and maintenance. It also guarantees you a fantastic result that matches what you want. Doing DIY projects doesn’t always save you money.

Below are some areas of the home we recommend getting in a professional to do the hard work.


Exposed aggregate is a popular choice for driveways, paths, and walkways around the home. This concrete finish is best installed by a qualified professional to ensure it’s done right the first time. Hiring a concrete applicator can save you time and money on potentially costly repairs and maintenance. The applicator will prepare the area; lay, spread, compact, and finish the concrete. They will also do any formwork, add in steel reinforcement (particularly important for driveways) and work in control joints to reduce cracking.

Exposed Pewter and Paperbark concrete driveway in Cleveland


Changing the lights in a room can do wonders for the mood and design. It’s a popular place to start with renovations. While changing shades and bulbs yourself is fine, electrical installation work must be done by a licensed electrician. This includes things like power points, new appliances and light fixtures.

Remember to check the regulations in your state before you begin and get the right professional help.


Similar to electrical work, plumbing requires a licensed professional to install drinking water systems and sewer lines.

Regulations can vary between states, so it’s best to check before you begin and get the right help.

Polished concrete bathroom


Concrete floors are durable and hardwearing. They are an affordable long-term option as they require very little maintenance and care. Whether you choose a polished, honed, or epoxy floor, correct installation is important to ensure a long lasting and crack resistant finish.

Pool surrounds

Installing or updating the area around your pool. Decorative concrete is an economically viable choice. There is a variety of options, colours and textured finishes that you can choose to create a beautiful space. Exposed aggregate provides a skid resistant surface, while honed and sealed gives a luxury and contemporary feel to the area. If colours and patterns are more your thing, then concrete overlays like Stylepave Resurfacing, will provide you the flexibility you are after.

Enjoy renovating your home and remember hiring a professional to help can save you time and money in the long run. If you’re on the fence about completing your own DIY project, it’s always worth chatting with a qualified tradesperson so you can understand the costs of the project and what’s involved. This will also help inform your decision and will highlight the difference in the quality of the job. We always recommend thinking about the long term and making sure a project is completed to a high standard so you can enjoy it with minimal maintenance.