What to Do When You Can’t DIY

What to Do When You Can’t DIY

The following contribution is from another author.

It doesn’t matter how many rooms you’ve painted, carpeted, or wallpapered, there will always be jobs in the field of DIY which are able to throw you through a loop. In some cases, the challenges which you’ve taken on could simply be too difficult, or it could be a legal matter which prevents you from doing everything for yourself. To help you out with this, this post will explore some of your options when you find yourself in this position, with the examples to try first being at the very top.

Do Some Learning

When you have a resource like the Internet behind you, it’s always worth looking to see if you can find the resources you need to teach you how to do the job you’re stuck on. Plastering a wall, for example, is very hard until you have an idea of the best techniques to use. Websites like YouTube are perfect for this, but you can also find a host of different blogs around the web which can also give you an idea of the work which needs to be done.

Find A Friend

If the learning tools you find aren’t enough to make you feel confident in the job at hand, it could be worth looking for a friend with the skills to help you. You will almost certainly know someone who is good with their hands, and this is often all it takes to be able to complete a DIY task. Of course, though, if the issue you’re facing is the law, the person you choose to do this needs to have the right background to legally do your work.

Look For An Alternative

Having the two options above fail can feel very disheartening. In reality, though, there are often alternatives out there for the DIY jobs you want to complete. For example, if you need to lay a carpet, but have no idea how to do it, you could consider the idea of sticking with hard floors and using rugs to add the softer look you want. This sort of approach can make this whole process much easier, but will rely on making compromises along the way.

Call A Professional

Finally, when all else fails, it will be time to call a professional to help you. If you need someone to wire up some lights for you, for example, finding a reliable electrician will be critical to your success. Some contractors are better at their work than others, making it worth reading some reviews and talking to your options before you start. This will ensure that you only ever have the best people helping you, and this is a great benefit.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on the journey to leaving no DIY job unfinished. People often panic when they reach a job which they can’t do, pushing it to the back of their mind to deal with normal life. Of course, though, this approach will make it hard to get anything done.


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).