DIY impression-contractor costs/quality
First to admit I'd never be able to build a set of stairs like Stan Foster or a deck like Prodek or cabinets like Blodgett. Pretty sure 90% of the pros here likely do a better and faster job than any of my DIY, but also think that the pros here are in the top 5% of contractors/tradesmen in general. Positive that 100% do better drywall <G>.
There have been a couple of posts recently alluding to these comparisons in the opposite direction .
My own impression is that the skill and proficiency level of the pros on BT are so far above the norm that it is hard to make comparisons with what the normal person encounters.
Anyway, this post primarily to start a discussion on the topic of DIY vs hiring, as I personally have zero experience in hiring anybody but DDS or MDs. (I dont consider building inspectors or vehicle smog inspectors as being hired, I'm forced to pay by gov reg. to 'avail myself of the 'servce').
Only experience with anybody being hired is 3 episodes with Mom's house in central IL. If others have had similar experiences to these, the building trades(apart from those on this board) are typically a real sleazy bunch. Have never even called anyone myself for any type work other than medical.
1. Just before he died, Pop hired a group to EPDM about 1-1/2 square of low slope roof, cost $3k. Spent another 1/2 day (during #3) repairing their screwups (mostly on poor corner treatment) on a trip back.
2. Just after pop died, brother traded a contractor who owed him $4k to paint Mom's house for the balance - guy sent out 2 illegals with a pressure washer and spray gun - godawfulest paint job I'd ever seen - washer gouges in the siding, lots off loose chips left, etc. Would have been better if they had never touched the house. Probably gonna need to scrape and re-paint myslef next year although 2000 mi away.
3. Mom's house also needed new roof. Brother (in same town) first called 8 roofing outfits for bids, only one guy came by and he did not bid. Roof needed built in gutters torn off and eaves extended, quite a bit more work than a simple re-roof. Younger son and self went back (from 2000 mi away) and to do the re-roof/framing, out of pocket cost was well under $2K including airfares for selves and DWs. Son is retired, but say 120 hours total at $60 hr is <$10K total. Admit I did a relative 'hack' job (e.g. tar vs. flashing) on the roof as the house is probably worth < $50K and Mom is in late 80's.
Also, any experience with co-workers and auto repair show great disparities. - e.g co-worker got a bid to replace a timng chain and WP of $550 on a 350. Told him to come over with a six pak. 45 min and $30 worth of parts later we were drinking a beer, his car ready to roll...... nealy all own car repairs take less time than it would take driving down to get a bid.
Maybe will get some interesting comments??