As a homeowner, you know how much maintenance a home requires. While most home maintenance tasks are fairly simple, others can be more complicated and can lead to further problems if not done correctly. However, regardless of the tasks, it’s always important to make sure you know what you’re doing before you begin.
While many homeowners try to do everything they can to save money and do home maintenance tasks themselves, this can become problematic if they don’t really know what they’re doing. So is taking the DIY route the right choice? There are definitely home maintenance projects that all homeowners can do themselves with even little to no experience. But there are some tasks that are better left to the professionals.
There are a few simple ways to decide if you should tackle a DIY home maintenance project yourself. First, ask yourself if you know what you’re doing – and be honest. If your only repair or construction experience is watching Bob the Builder with your kids, you might not want to tackle big tasks on your own. Because if you try to do a difficult task on your own and cause further damage, you’re going to end up spending more money to fix your mistakes.
Next, it’s important to ask what kind of damage could be done by tackling the project by yourself. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, you could not only cause damage to your home, but to yourself as well. If this happens, you’ll have medical expenses on top of having to hire a professional to fix your mistakes.
And last but not least, ask yourself if it’s truly worth it to take on the project yourself. You should never decide to do a project yourself based solely on the fact that it will save you a couple bucks. If you are interested in the project and have the time it takes to get it done right, then go for it. But if you have little free time and no repair or construction experience, it’s probably a good idea to leave it to the pros.
So what projects should you think about taking on yourself? Minor projects like fixing a broken toilet handle, fixing leaky pipes or drains, or patching drywall holes can usually be done with some basic equipment and with the help of YouTube videos.
On the other hand, more complex maintenance projects like electrical repairs, structural work, and appliance maintenance should generally be left to a professional. Without experience, your DIY project could quickly take a turn for the worse. Additionally, routine inspections, like bi-yearly roof inspections, should always be left to a professional. It takes special knowledge to know if certain aspects of your home are in the condition it should be in or not.
And if you’re one of the two-thirds of homeowners who plan on renovating or remodeling, save yourself the trouble and call a professional. With big projects like that, hiring a professional to get the job done quickly and efficiently is definitely worth it.
In the end, the decision to DIY or call in a professional is up to you. But keep in mind that if you bite off more than you can chew, you may end up spending more money than you would have if you had called a professional in the first place.