Home improvement projects have been popular for decades, turning a shell of a property into a home will never get old. What we’re seeing more of though, is the rise in people wanting to do it themselves. Whether that’s in the form of literally the whole project put together by their own hands or by deciding to take on the big, main job of managing their own project.

Typically, you’ll find that there are two ways you can go about taking on a home renovation project. You can either go for a self-managed project or hire a project manager be that through your contractor or third party.

Today, we’re going to focus on the pros and cons of a self-managed project and see if we can help you understand both sides of the argument.

First up, pros:

You’re in the driving seat. This means that the project moves when you want it to at a speed that you’re comfortable with. 

If you’re lucky enough to have some handy friends or family, you have the opportunity to coerce them into lending a hand. Assuming you have a good relationship with said handy people, this could give you the opportunity to save some money where it counts.

Following on from the above point regarding money, a self-managed project means you won’t be shelling out for either a Project Manager or Site Manager, again meaning you’ve saved some pennies ready to be used elsewhere in the project should you choose.

At the end of the project, you will have an incredible feeling of achievement and rightly so! We know exactly what it feels like to be at the helm of a project like this, but we can only imagine how much more it would mean when it’s your own home you’re captaining!

Some people get a thrill out of being in charge! There’s something about being the boss and making snap decisions that comes with a bit of an adrenaline rush.

What about the cons?

The responsibility and liability for the overall project lie at your feet. You are the head honcho for this project, so you’ll be taking the criticisms with the praise and if there are any hiccups or queries along the way, you’ll be the one the one they’re directed at.

It might be the case that you’re not as much of a construction expert as if you were to hire a professional. This means that lack of skills or knowledge might mean costly mistakes or poor workmanship occurring. Just by having the knowledge to know what’s good and what isn’t, will save you skin a multitude of times.

If you don’t have friends of relatives in the business that could help, this means you’ll be trusting subcontractors to complete the work for you. It might be the case that you don’t have access to tried and tested specialist contractors which could result in hiring someone who isn’t quite up to the job. It’s incredibly important to do you research when looking for contractors to hire.

One of the biggest things to take into consideration, is something that could absolutely make or break a project, and that’s time. If you have a work emergency that takes you away from the project or take your eyes off the ball for just a few days, this can send the project into a downward spiral! Without a tightly managed project, the time will overrun and this will mean further costs in most situations.

Looking at our little list of pros, we can totally see why a self-manage project will suit some people out there! But obviously, there are also those who don’t have the time or experience to self-manage, and that’s where a Project Manager would come in. For a lot of people, paying a professional to do the job right first time and will stand the test of time is far more valuable to them.

If you have any questions at all about how we can help you with your project, just drop us an email to info@olive-umber.co.uk and one of our team would be more than happy to discuss your options with you.