Whether it is bath additions, home remodeling, or redesigning a room, changing your home can be quite an undertaking. There are a number of decisions to make that can seriously change the trajectory of your experience. The first one is whether or not to hire the work out, do it yourself, or hire a contractor to hire the work. They each come with their own benefits and drawbacks. Whether or not a particular avenue is appropriate largely depends upon circumstances. One of those is your own skill set. If you have none in terms home repair and remodeling, then you would probably want to go with the contractor route. Another factor is whether or not you can find a good home building contractor. If you can, this can make a world of difference. The second option, which is to hire all of the work yourself, has its own set of risks and needed skill sets. In order for that route to work, the skill you need is the ability to connect to different people and find the right people. If you are not connected to a network of trusted workers that do good work, you return again to the contractor route. I remember years ago when my parents were doing kitchen remodeling. They tried this second route, which is to hire the work themselves. They had a pretty negative experience. As it turns out, there is a wide spectrum of workers in terms of competency, experience, and professionalism. Despite this range, they often charge the same amount of money for their services. Perhaps it is better to say that they the difference in what they charged for their services was not proportional to the difference in their competency and professionalism. My parents did not know this. The tile was messed up. The countertop was not right. The plumbing in the new sink still acts up. The hand to go back and forth with these different workers that they just found themselves. It was an ongoing struggle, and they probably ended up losing a good deal of money on the hassles. If they had known then what they now know, they probably would have gone with a home building contractor. The big difference between their circumstances and if they had used a contractor would have been that the contractor’s network replaces your need to have a network. That is to say that instead of trying to vet every single worker involved in the entire remodeling process, you just vet the contractor. When you find a good contractor, that person then uses a network of workers that have already vetted. And the contractor’s business depends upon his or her network being composed of trusted workers. So it is in the contractor’s best interest to make good hires. Will it cost a little more because you are hiring a contractor. Not necessarily. You think that it would, but I think that the case of my mother and father’s experience with their kitchen is a good example of how it can actually be lucrative.