When it comes to home repairs and improvements, you can often save a lot of money by going DIY instead of hiring professionals. Of course, home DIY projects have their drawbacks. You have to dedicate your own time and energy, plus you need to be sure that you’re capable enough to carry it out properly as mistakes could be costly or dangerous. All in all, it can largely come down to the type of home improvement that you’re tackling as to whether it’s a good idea. Below are a few tips on when to carry out home improvements yourself and when to avoid them.
DIY Projects to complete yourself
There are many simple repair and renovation projects that are worth taking on yourself. Painting is a good example. It doesn’t require too much skill and if you make a mistake, it’s relatively easy to fix. When it comes to DIY repairs, tasks like unblocking a u-bend or replacing an old door are simpler than many people assume.
Those who have experience with DIY may feel more ambitious and in many cases, it’s worthwhile taking on DIY tasks if you have the confidence. Nowadays, it’s easy to learn skills like tiling or laying flooring from blogs and YouTube. There are also more kits available that can make projects easier as you don’t have to source and measure all the right materials. This includes everything from shower kits to self-build conservatories.
In most cases, a project is worth taking on if you have the tools and experience. It’s also important that you have the time to do it and that you’re physically able.
When NOT do it yourself
Some tasks could be disastrous if you don’t know what you’re doing and could even be dangerous. Things like DIY electrics are usually best avoided if you’re not confident as to what you’re doing. Similarly, you should be careful of repairing an old roof or replacing a window if you’re not entirely sure what you’re doing. So in this case hire a professional because it could be much safer and could avoid costly damage.
You should also avoid projects that require professional tools that are expensive to buy. If you’re never going to use these tools again, it’s not worth splashing out on them. Of course, in some cases, you may be able to hire such tools to save money. But only access what you need.
Lastly, it’s important that you have the time to take on a project. If you’re not able to take time off work, you don’t want to be taking on projects in the evening. You could end up annoying neighbours. Resulting in the whole process taking longer as you’ll only be able to do a few hours at a time. Therefore resulting in a longer period of upheaval. Hire pros to get the job done faster.