Tuesday, August 24, 2021

When Does It Make Sense to DIY and When Should You Hire a Professional?

 These days, more and more people are getting interested in the idea of DIY. They want to fix their own stuff, they want to paint their own rooms, and they want to save money so they don’t need to hire a professional to do these things for them. However, DIY can be rather complicated at times and it’s not something that you can just jump into and expect to be great at. It requires a bit of planning, it needs a specific set of skills, and you have to invest in the tools and materials to make something happen.


There are also certain tasks that you really shouldn’t DIY. A simple DIY makeover is perfectly fine to do yourself, but there are also times where you should really hire a professional, or else you risk damaging your home. So in this post, we’re going to offer a bit of general advice to help you understand when it’s fine to DIY and when you should really call up a contractor.


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Avoid jobs that involve utilities


One of the first golden rules of DIY is that you never attempt anything that involves your utilities. Whether it’s gas, electricity, water, or anything else that is managed by a company, don’t touch it and call in the professionals to do it. Not only does this ensure your safety, but it can also mean that you don’t end up breaking something that is actually owned by the utility company. It also helps you get the job done a lot faster and you won’t be struggling to figure things out on your own.


When looking for a contractor, it’s important to look at reviews from locals and to see what qualifications they have. A search for top-rated plumbers is a great start if you have plumbing-related issues, and you could even get references from others if you’re searching for an electrician or gas engineer. Just make sure you do a very brief background check to ensure that you know what you’re getting. We’d normally suggest against hiring a friend of a friend to help with utilities unless they know what they’re doing and have a professional qualification that shows what they’re capable of.


Don’t try anything that could cause damage to you or your home


The next rule of thumb; don’t try anything that could cause damage. For example, if you’re attempting to remove moss and other debris from your roof, then you’ll want to be extremely careful because there are a number of bad outcomes. You could slip and fall from the roof, you could accidentally break several tiles as you move across the roof, and you could damage the roof itself as you’re cleaning it.


We would suggest avoiding these kinds of projects unless you know what you’re doing and have the tools, expertise, or assistance to take care of it. It’s just not worth the potential damage that you could cause to you or your home which might result in very expensive medical bills or repair fees for things such as the structure of your home.


So what should you DIY?


With so many suggestions of what not to do, is there anything left that you should attempt?


At the end of the day, it’s really all about your confidence. For example, some people might have plenty of confidence doing electrical-related work such as changing a socket or switch or even replacing a light fitting. However, they might not have the confidence to also do plumbing-related works. Everyone is different and some people might be more than happy to learn how to do certain utility-related DIY projects.


In addition, anything creative that involves changing the decor of your home is perfectly fine to do yourself as well. You might make some mistakes that require a bit of fixing later, but that’s no reason to shy away from home DIY tasks such as redecorating, painting, and so on.


So if you're looking to get into DIY, we hope that these tips have helped you decide which projects are worth doing yourself. Not everyone wants to learn new DIY skills; some just want to learn a few specific things just so they can save money, and others just want to get creative at home. Whatever your reasons for wanting to attempt DIY, just make sure you’re smart about the projects you pick so that you don’t end up spending a bit too much money and effort on something that won’t work.


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