In these modern times, DIY’s are all the rage. There are thousands of YouTube videos, Pinterest guides, and more to help you finish just about any household project. To be sure, lots of people DIY with great success, including myself from time to time.
There are lots of good reasons to do things yourself when you can. It saves time as well as money in some circumstances. I mean, who doesn’t love to save a buck, or a hundred, when they can?
That being said, I also know that there are some things I simply shouldn’t try to tackle on my own. I mean, DIYing a craft project, mending clothing, or completing simple home improvements is one thing. Fixing complicated plumbing or electrical issues around the house is another.
Fortunately, my husband is knowledgeable in many areas that I am not. But for the things neither of us have the skills to do, we try to avoid bad household DIY’s. Sometimes you just have to know when to hire a professional.
The Tools are Too Expensive
Some people try to fix up their house to sell it for top dollar. Others merely want to maintain their home and improve its appearance.
Whatever your reason is for doing home repair, at times the tools are clearly too expensive to buy outright. Paying a professional repair bill might be cheaper than buying a more expensive tool that you only use once.
However, you also shouldn’t waste money trying to do half of a job that turns out poorly. Know when to hire a professional to get the job done right the first time. It will help you avoid having bad household DIY’s and save you money, time, and stress.
There is No Trade-Off
Let’s just say you have a really good paying job. Although you might absolutely love to DIY, if the repair takes too long, there’s no trade-off. In other words, the time it took you to fix the problem could have been spent making money instead.
For example, if you make $25 and hour, don’t spend two hours fixing something when the repair costs $15. You’ll end up paying $50 for your household DIY’s when you could have spent only $15 and made $35.
You Lack Experience
Even though you may like doing household DIY’s, you probably don’t know everything about everything. If you don’t actually know how to repair something major, it’s probably better to hire a professional.
Trying to repair something on your own when you lack the know-how can cost you more overall. First, you’ll spend money and time trying to DIY it. After failing, you’ll have to spend even more money paying a professional to fix the problem correctly. Better to prevent the bad household DIY altogether and know when to hire a professional.
It Takes Too Long
Juggling work, home life, and everything else is hard enough. Finding time to DIY everything can put extra stress on an already packed schedule.
Sometimes trying to do your own home repair simply isn’t worth waiting for. Don’t wait to get the stool fixed in your bathroom. If you can afford it, it’s ridiculous to use a different bathroom for 6 months to avoid paying a small repair fee.
Repairs are Done Incorrectly
Here’s another bad scenario. You start on a home repair job yourself to save money but end up botching the job. You don’t have the money to hire someone to fix it because you spent it trying to DIY. Now you have to just live with it, at least for a while.
While the popular thing these days is to DIY as much as you can, it isn’t always the best course of action. Before taking on home repair jobs and having them turn into bad household DIY’s, stop and think. Could any of the above situations apply? If so, that’s when to hire a professional to the do the job from the very beginning.
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Have you ever completed bad household DIY’s and then had to hire a professional to fix them? What would you do differently the next time?