4 Home Projects You Should Leave to the Pros

Knowing which projects to tackle yourself and which ones to leave to the pros is important. To help you make the right choice, we asked our network of Colorado real estate agents which projects were best left to the pros. Here’s what they said:

Basement Finishing

An unfinished basement is better than a basement that does not have permits or has to be redone by a future homeowner. A finished basement can be a great way to add value to your home. However, if done incorrectly it can have the reverse effect and cause a seller to lose money.

Ryan Sondrup
NeXstep Real Estate Group


Kitchens… the majority of people still want open kitchens, stainless steel, tile backsplash, and quartz/granite countertops. It is hard for homeowners to be able to do this on their own and when they do, it looks like DIY. Leave this up to the experts.

Nina Kuhl
HomeSmart Cherry Creek

Major Repairs

All electrical, plumbing, roofing, structural repairs.

Kim Rachwalski
Keller Williams DTC

Structural or Water

Anything structural, or larger electrical and plumbing projects. Also from my experience, clients have had a very difficult time with negative grading water away from the house. It generally turns out to be much more labor than a homeowner thinks, whereas a professional landscape company has the knowledge and equipment. A reference from an engineer or inspector is always a great place to start.

Aaron Weinzapfel
Equity Colorado

If you’re in the market for a new home, we encourage you to connect with an experienced professional like a REALTOR or real estate agent. For timely insights on buying or selling a home, DIY home projects, and home renovation, like us REcolorado Facebook.

Originally published November 2, 2017 — Updated April 9, 2021