Hire vs Do-it-myself

Old 05-21-01, 05:03 PM
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I am going to be applying a water proofing sealant to my basement walls and directing the drainage from my downspouts farther away from the house to control water from leaking into my basement. Before that I have to deal with the problem of mold on most of the basement walls. Fortunately my home is small, however it is over 100 yrs old. I would love to hire someone and have it done with, but I also realize that I could most likely do it myself with less expense. Can anyone offer any amounts they have paid for such a task, whether it was by hiring someone or doing it yourself? Where the results worth it? What are your suggestions on either method?
Old 05-22-01, 06:33 PM
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This is kind of a catch 22 question. The real answer to your question lies with time. It would probably take you 3 or 4 times longer to do the work then a pro. Also, the pro will have all the right tools, the experience, the expertise, and will take care of your problem in short order. Now if you have all of the above, and you like to do this kind of work, then you should do it. You did mention that you could probably do it for less cost then a pro. Many many do it yourselfers think this also. However, if they would be completely honest and charge themselves for their time also, it would cost them more. If you like to do it as stress release, go for it.
Old 05-23-01, 05:55 PM
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LOL, when I pay a person to do something I end up wishing I did it myself. I like to mess things up myself, rather than let someone I paid wreck it.

But that's just me!


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