When you own your own home, inevitably things will start to go wrong at some point down the line. Sometimes, these may be minor issues while other times you may need to call in the professionals to do the job for you. The difficulty comes when you are working out whether you are able to tackle the job yourself. You don’t want to risk causing any more damage but at the same time, you don’t want to be charged a fortune for a job that would have taken two minutes to fix. So, here is a brief guide to give you a better idea of whether you should be tackling that job yourself or not.
Your most important concern is keeping yourself safe. If you know that you are putting your life in danger by tackling a job that you are not familiar with, like major electrical work, then you should probably give this a miss! Other jobs could end up destroying your home. Plumbing work, such as blockages to your trenchless pipe certainly fall into this category, so again, calling the professionals may be the best option. Some complex jobs also require a permit, so double check that you are not in violation of any laws by undertaking the work!
Make Sure You Know What You Are Doing
It may seem like an obvious one, but you don’t want to start tackling a job unless you are completely confident that you know what you are doing. With so many videos and ‘how to’ guides online, it makes sense that you carefully study some of the information that is available to you for free. If you still don’t feel confident after you have studied this information, then you are probably better off not taking it on yourself as you could be hurting your home’s value or even putting your safety at risk.
Time vs Money
You should start by working out roughly how much the job would cost to be done professionally. Your best way of doing this is by getting some quotes from contractors. Next, you should compare this against how much it would cost to do the job yourself including materials and tools. You should then roughly estimate how long the job would take you to do and then you can calculate your hourly wage. It all depends on how valuable your time is to you compared with how much the job would cost to be done professionally.
Remember that the choice between whether to do a job yourself or not is about more than money. You also have to consider factors like hassle, speed, safety and the importance of having professional standard work done. However, many people find DIY immensely satisfying, particularly the feeling of having built something with your own two hands. So, if you are a complete novice, you may be better off starting with some simple jobs before gradually working your way up to ones which are more and more complicated.