For the new year I’m going to start a new series about how much we saved doing a renovation ourselves instead of hiring a contractor to do it for us. There has been a number of projects that we originally were planning to hire out but after finding out how much we could save by doing it ourselves we went the DIY route. DIY projects take a lot more time but can save you big bucks if you’re willing to take them on. Hopefully, this will help other people make an informed decision on whether to tackle it themselves or hire it out. I’ve added a new DIY Savings tab in the right column:
The most recent project we saved money on by DIYing it was our garage floor. After converting our one car garage back into a two car garage we needed to fix the uneven floor that was creating water issues. Then the garage floor got an epoxy coating to finish it off. In our long search to find a contractor that would take on the project we did get one quote for $3,900. We ended up doing it ourselves after we found a place to rent the heavy duty concrete grinding equipment from. It was a messy and time consuming process but it was well worth it. We went from this:
Grinding the floor – Moderate
Transporting, moving, and controlling the heavy machinery were the hardest parts. You had to make sure to keep the machines moving or they would make the floor even more uneven.
Applying Epoxy – Easy
There was a lot of prep work and the process took a long time but it was overall pretty simple.
Rental of scarifier = $140
Rental of floor grinder = $75
Renting carbide blades for the floor grinder = $50
Wear on floor grinder’s diamond blades = $290
Total cost of rental equipment = $555
Rustoleum Professional Grade Epoxy Kits = $350
Rustoleum Anti-Skid Additive, Concrete Patch Kits, & Degreaser = $118
Brushes, buckets, squeegee, rubber boots, respirator, goggles, mixer attachment & everything else pictured = $347
Total cost of epoxy floor = $815
Combined cost = $1,370
Contractor’s bid = $3,900
DIY Savings = $2,530
Stay tuned for even more DIY Savings posts!