There are times that DIY is the best and the cheapest option and then there are times that it is not. When paying for a professional to do the work you aren't just paying for the hours that they are working for you. What you are paying for is they years of experience and knowledge.
There are many factors to consider when starting a DIY Project. Below i have listed some to consider before starting your DIY Journey.
Things to consider when starting a grinding and polishing project DIY.
- How long will it take you?
- How much is your time worth?
- Do you have to stop earning an income to complete the project?
- Have you been given advice or watched YouTube (we highly recommend YouTube)?
- Do you have an idea on the finish you want?
- DO you know how long it may take?
I am not saying that you cant do polished concrete DIY, however i want to make sure every aspect has been considered before you start. First you need to think how long it might take. This isn't something anyone can really tell you at best it is an educated guess. Best rule of thumb is to double the time it would take a professional. If it would take us 2-3 days then plan on it taking you a week. SO can you afford the time it make take, not just the cost of the hire but your time also. Whilst your time might be "free" you also aren't earning any money so you need to consider this. The cost of the hire and the cost of your labour by not working can sometimes make it cost more than paying someone else.
Time saving steps:
- Do your research, ask the hire company questions on their machines and how to use them
- watch lots of Youtube videos, there is literally soooo many even machine specific ones. Keep watching them. Ask the hire company some more questions if they come up.
- Don't be afraid to admit defeat, there are some jobs which are easy such as floor prep but others are much harder. Get the professional in if its something that needs to be perfect.