How to know when a renovation is DIY, or when to bring in the experts

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Reasons to DIY

There are many reasons why DIY renovations are a good option and can produce truly amazing results.

Firstly, it’s a good option if you’re looking to save money and want complete control over the scheduling, completion and look of the project. DIY can also be the best way to get a job done quickly and without fuss if you have the know-how and right tools. It’s worth keeping in mind that a larger renovation can take much longer when done as a DIY as opposed to an expert builder. If you have the skills and gear, or just want to challenge yourself, below are some projects that can be tackled as a DIY!

What projects can you DIY?


You’d be amazed the difference a lick of fresh paint can make to your interior and exterior. Any mistakes can be easily covered over, and with few tools needed its easy to grab a roller, some swatches and get painting!

Minor Alterations and Outdoor Changes

Though you should never partake in serious structural demolitions without consulting professionals, there are plenty of minor alterations and changes that will make your home feel brand new. Ripping up carpet, floorboards or wallpaper will make a big difference. Small design changes to fixtures and fittings, or re-painted items can totally change the feel of a room. Try laying down some fresh grass and installing new furniture and features to really bring out the best in your indoor and outdoor spaces.


Plastering can be a simple job and is generally risk free, you’ll just need to pick up some tools to get the job done. Plastered walls have a gorgeous texture to them and offer a timeless, rustic look to any property!


Tiling is another DIY project you can tackle, but the level of difficulty can be much higher if you lack skills and the right tools. Great tiling should be neat, clean and consistent and there is a lot of room for error. Keep in mind that tiling is a major part of any bathroom or kitchen renovation when tossing up between DIY and professional help.


If you have the right skills, the sky’s the limit with carpentry. Putting together planter boxes, furniture and cabinets can be extremely rewarding to your home, but generally require experience and some good tools. As a start, try making something from scratch instead of compromising existing furniture.

Check out this list for some DIY inspiration and ideas for your next project!

When to Use an Expert

Sometimes a project requires an expert, if you feel like a job is simply too big or want to know you’re making the right decisions, approach a professional! Unsafe and high-risk work or projects that require licenses should always be completed by a professional, both for your safety and to protect the value of your home. Elite builders have more than 15 years’ experience in delivering incredible renovations, here’s a list of projects we think you should think twice about before doing any DIY.

What Jobs Should I Leave to an Expert?


Electrical work is some of the most high-risk when it comes to a build or renovation. In Australia, electricians must be certified to partake in any electrical work. Unless you’re certified and have experience leave this to the experts – make sure to shop around and find electricians with a good track record and all appropriate licenses.

Plumbing and Gas Fitting

Plumbing and gas fittings are projects that pose potential risks to your home and your safety. Most plumbers tend to be licensed gasfitters as well, so keep this in mind when finding the right professional for the job. In Australia plumbers need a compliance certificate before they can carry out work, so leave this one to the professionals.

Structural Changes and Demolition

Anything structural is a no-go, demolition work is dangerous and requires a licensed builder. Call Elite and let us take care of it.

Floor Sanding

Sanding doesn’t require certifications, nor is it dangerous work, but sanding is far from simple. This project requires expensive equipment and a lot of skill, chances are you won’t be able to complete the project to a professional’s standard unless you’ve done it before.


Roofing is another project you could tackle as a DIY, but you probably shouldn’t. Not only are dangerous heights involved but ensuring a roof is sealed and guttered properly can be complex work. You don’t want to get this one wrong.




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