No matter how DIY savvy you may be, some projects require the help of an expert. So, when it comes to groundwork how do you decide when it is time to call in a professional?
Cost and Time
If you’re unsure whether to hire a professional or attempt to DIY a project, one of the first things to consider is the cost. When calculating the cost of project materials, don’t forget to factor in the cost of machinery and plant hire too if it will be required. Remember, time is also money so don’t forget to factor this in. If completing the project successfully means valuable family or work time is compromised, it may be worth your while to pay someone else to do it for you. Alternatively, if you feel as though you will enjoy pursuing the project yourself and that you will save money doing so, go for it!
Required Permissions and Regulations
Some groundwork projects, especially those relating to drainage and sewer connections call for the approval of local authorities. It is essential that when carrying out any type of groundwork project in this area that certain standards are met. If you feel as though you are stepping into unknown territory when it comes to project rules and regulations, it is certainly time to call in the help of a professional.
Safety should be at the forefront of your mind when it comes to any home DIY project, including groundwork. You should always be confident you are able to carry out your project in a completely safe manner. It is vital you always use the correct tools for the job and are able to operate them properly. Carrying out your project shouldn’t pose a risk to your safety or the safety of those around you. Remember, professional groundworks contractors are trained and licensed to carry out their work. Consider if your project poses any harmful risks, if the answer is yes, contact one of the experts instead.
Experience & Skill
There are many specialist fields within construction and it is almost impossible to excel in all of them. For example, those who may be particularly skilled in electrical work may struggle when it comes to masonry. Therefore, it is important to consider the level of skill involved before attempting to carry out your groundwork project. Professionals should be called if they can provide important skills and experience which you lack.
The scale of your project plays an important part in deciding whether or not to call for professional help. The smaller the project, the easier it will be to take on yourself. A large driveway excavation for example is likely to require the help of professional machinery and a team of excavators, whereas a small patio would not. Not only should you consider the area coverage of your project but the depth too. The deeper the excavation the more difficult and dangerous it will become to tackle yourself.