DIY vs. Professional Contractors – Finding Affordable Help

Need to cosmetically upgrade faded paint, chipped walls, scratched floors or heavily worn carpets or even remodel a rental? There’s the do-it-yourself method and then there’s professional help; not surprisingly, the latter is getting more affordable. I was having a conversation the other day with a designer/contractor who is also a skilled electrician. Business has been slow for him, especially with the lull in the building boom. He finds that customers are calling more often for a service estimate than for a service appointment. Competition for work is fierce. As a licensed and bonded professional, he can only reduce...