Home Repairs: DIY vs Calling a Professional

Home Repairs: DIY vs Calling a Professional

The following contribution is from another author.

Do you love to do DIY projects for your home? DIY projects can be fun, but doing renovations/repairs yourself is not always a good idea. Yes, there are some fixes that you can probably do on your own, but there are also others that require more expertise. So, how should you decide what should be fine for you to try and fix and when you should be picking up the phone to call a professional? Here are some tips that can help you the next time you have to make this decision.

Think About Your Safety

Many home repairs are not simple and can be dangerous. Before repairing or renovating something yourself, stop and ask yourself what the potential dangers involved could be. If there is a possibility that it could seriously injure you, don’t take that risk. It is better to hire a professional if there are severe dangers because they have trained to do this specific thing, so they know what they are doing, and they know what risks are involved and how to protect themselves.

Could It Destroy Your Home?

If you have an issue with your house and it becomes worse because you tried to fix it and had no idea what you were doing, this is going to be extremely stressful. Not only that, but the price that you will end up paying to fix the bigger issue that you caused will probably cost you a lot more than it would have if you had just hired an expert in the first place. If, for example, there is an issue with the plumbing in your home like something that requires an under slab plumbing repair, then this is something that you will want to hire a professional for. Trying to get through the concrete and repair your house if you are not a professional has significant potential for ruining your home if you mess up.

Permits

You know that you might need a permit to make changes to your house depending on what you are doing and where you live, right? The ease of acquiring a permit can vary based on location, but if the repair/renovation you are considering doing yourself needs a permit, then this is probably a sign that you should hire a professional to do the work.

Time

Think about the amount of time it will take and how much time you have for a DIY project because you may end up taking forever to finish it, or you may end up leaving it unfinished. Hiring a professional means that it will get done, and it will get done more efficiently, especially if you are a busy person who does not have that much time to spare for a DIY project.

When making your decision of whether to DIY something or to hire a professional, remember to take the ideas above into account. This does not mean that you cannot DIY things but perhaps stick to looking into decorating suggestions for your home and then creating decorative pieces for it. When it comes to most repairs/renovations, though, the best option is probably to hire a professional.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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