Do It Yourself, Do It With Me or Do It For Me….
Working in the interior design industry means being forefront to the latest product launches, integration in smart home design and improvements in organization. As an industry, we sometimes joke about getting house envy or “7 year itch” as in remodel itch. Being in the construction industry also can make one confident in their ability to tackle their own home renovation project; I was one of those once......... it started as a small DIY bathroom remodel and it turned into multiple bathrooms and laundry room that I ended up hiring a contractor for. It was the multiple trips to the hardware store, the hours on the googler and the tension created on the home front that turned me from a Do It Yourselfer to a Do It For Me.
What’s the difference and which are you? We are all familiar with DIY but the others are lesser known. Understanding which category you fall in will help you choose the best path forward on your remodel project. There may be times you are a full on DIYer like painting a bedroom and other times that you are a DIFM like doing a kitchen remodel.
DIY- Do It Yourself:
These are the hardware store guru's- they walk confidently, they KNOW where everything is at and when they ask questions, you know this is not their first rodeo.
Typically like to read instruction manuals and watch YouTube videos
Not afraid to get dirty
Doesn’t mind multiple trips to get supplies
If everything goes smooth, can be very cost effective
Likes to have total control of the project and outcome
Do It with Me:
They have an idea of what they want and involve a pro to ensure the outcome. They thoroughly vet the options that are presented and enjoy being an active participant.
Wants to understand the process and do their part well
Appreciates someone asking the right questions
Timely communication is a must
Takes on portions of the project themselves
Researches the various options
Is ok to let someone handle the parts that they don't enjoy
DIFM -Do It for Me:
These are the people that don't respond to texts in a timely manner due to their attention being elsewhere. They make decisions quickly and expect the outcome to turn out positively.
Please take care of this for me!
Short on time
Trusts the person they choose to execute the vision
Likes narrowed choices
Willing to pay professional fees
Likely an expert in their industry and wants to stay in their line
Which do you think most suits you?