DIY: When Should You Call in the Pros?

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DIY or call in the pros? This is a decision that many homeowners face when tackling home improvement projects.

There is probably one question that all homeowners will ask themselves, as they prepare to do some DIY or some redecorating in the home; when should you hire a professional to do the work for you? There can be a number of reasons why you might want to do the work yourself, because you can save yourself money. However, some of the trade-offs from that could be the time that it takes to do things, and the results that you get from it. You will never improve in your home renovation and decorating skills if you never practice, though, right? So there are some decisions to be made, and pros and cons to weigh up. 

man standing in front of a miter saw contemplating to call in the pros

There are a number of resources available to help you to be able to do DIY around the house yourself. You name it, there will be a YouTube video telling you how to do it with step-by-step instructions. Not to mention the many books and other online resources that you can use. The general rule with undertaking some projects at home yourself, is to do the ones that you will feel the most comfortable with, as well as the ones that you have the skillset to complete. Most of us are going to manage a paintbrush and can save some money doing that ourselves. However, for something like plastering a ceiling or wallpapering, you might want to call in a professional who has the skills, as well as the equipment, to get it all done to a high standard. If you have a little more experience, then you could give something like tiling a go, as well as things like replacing countertops, and doing things like building a deck in your yard or laying down patio slabs. 
While there are a number of things that you will be able to do yourself, and one-off jobs will be much more cost-effective to do yourself, you need to look at what equipment you have to get the job done. Some jobs will need some really specific tools, like a tile cutter, or a jig-saw, to get things the precise shape and size that are needed. However, many jobs will require more standard tools, which you’re more likely to already have at home. If you are in the market for new tools, then this could be a great post to read if you are looking to get yourself a new drill. But really, when it comes to doing-it-yourself, you need to think about the cost of the project, versus what it could cost you if you have to get specific equipment.

Avoid disaster and call in the pros!

As a general rule, it is best to avoid any kind of DIY where, if it goes wrong or isn’t executed well, the results could be pretty disastrous. Plumbing is a prime example of that. Water damage can be dangerous, and lead to more expensive problems, so if you don’t know what you are doing, call in the plumber. Likewise, getting electrics wrong could be dangerous and lead to more issues or even a fire, so an electrician is advised if you don’t know how to do it safely and correctly yourself. One of the important keys to DIY success is to enjoy doing it, and also being willing to learn. For some jobs, hiring a pro can be good to get the job done. But it can also help you to learn the safe and correct ways of doing things. 

Buy it yourself

If you are looking to save, but aren’t sure how to get the job done exactly, then you could hire a professional to do the work. Often, because of their trade accounts, any materials that they will be will have VAT added on top, and it can be quite costly. Some will even look to make a little profit from the materials that they use. So you could take the approach of someone else doing the work, but you buy and source the materials. Then you’ll only be paying for their time to get the job done, rather than their time to source and buy the materials. It can be a good way to be involved and see what is involved, without having to do the work. 

Safety is really key when it comes to projects and doing them yourself. If you could cause a disaster in the home by doing the work yourself, or you could cause damage to yourself by doing the work, then it is best to avoid. There are a number of jobs that will be fine to do yourself but there are times when you should call in the pros!

One Comment

  1. I just call my dad for anything I need.

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