When to DIY vs When to Hire

February 19, 2014

Often times, we are faced with niggling problems in the house that need fixing. We try to put them off as much as we can, but we can’t let them be forever. A damaged light socket, a fused bulb, loose floorboards, broken tiles and/ or a malfunctioning kitchen sink are just some of the problems that we face in our daily lives. The question that needs to be asked is this; do you fix it yourself, or do you hire a professional? Here’s a brief comparison:

When to DIY

DIY, or Do it Yourself, is a common term associated with home maintenance. There are comprehensive tutorials available online about how you can fix things in your house, ranging from a toaster to the whole HVAC system in your house. However, most people are often scared of tampering with these machines because it is likely that they might cause further damage, and rightly so. However, often times the problem is so minute that it can be fixed if you just take a try at it. The garbage disposal won’t work properly? Check out the internet for the probable causes, find the one that matches your situation and use the appropriate remedy for it. If you calling a handyman to do the job for you, you will ultimately end up paying a lot more money than the amount of effort that was put in.
In my opinion, it is much better to do things yourself that can be referred to as a ‘daily problem’. For instance, changing the light bulb holder, fixing a couple of wires, establishing electrical connections in the house, replacing the floor boards are just a few examples. You can easily learn these things online, and they can save you a lot of money in the long run.

When to hire

The decision to hire a professional is one that you have to take on your own. Tampering with expensive machinery on your own is obviously a foolish idea unless you have the help of a professional, for instance. However, hiring a professional is only worth your money if you have a task that can’t be done by your own self. For example, if you have to get your HVAC system repaired, it is probably best to call in the help of a professional rather than tinker with it on your own.