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DIY, Do It With Me or Do It For Me?

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

  • Has time

  • Very resourceful

  • 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?

  • DIY - I love to get my hands dirty!

  • DIWM - I love being apart of the process!

  • DIFM - Knowledgeable professionals produce great results!

  • A mix of all three!

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