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By Platinum Team July 9, 2014

Should You DIY Home Repair or Hire the Pros?

We have all been there, something breaks and needs repair or we want to do some home renovation and we wonder – should I try to do this myself or hire someone to do it? To DIY or not to DIY? When it comes to home repair and renovation, there are certainly many things can be done by someone who is fairly competent with tools and home projects. But, there are also many things that should not be attempted. When a do it yourself project or repair goes awry, you may end up creating an even more expensive problem than you began with. So, you have to sit down and really take a good look at your experience, ability and time to determine whether or not you are capable of DIY, or should bring in the professionals to get the job done. First, when considering whether or not to DIY a home repair or renovation, you need to determine whether or not you have time. The most handy person in the world may be very capable of handling a repair or renovation, but, do they actually have the time to do it? If you do not have the time to do it, do not even try to start the project on your own or you will end up with a frustrating, never ending nightmare trying to get the job accomplished. Next, you need to determine if you have the skills needed for the job. If you need to do some basic repairs in your home and have some home repair knowledge, the appropriate tools and feel capable of handling the job or following directions to complete the task, then you are probably quite capable and it is a great opportunity to save some money. But, if you do not have the skills needed for the job or it is outside of your comfort level, it is best to hire a professional. There are many things, such as plumbing or electrical repairs, that need someone experienced to handle the job not only to ensure it gets done correctly, but to ensure it is done safely. When these repairs are done wrong, you will be left with the same problem and possibly, even worse problems. Do not let the abundance of DIY television shows or online tutorials fool you though, not every project is simple and can be done in one day. Many tasks need special tools and require an immense amount of knowledge. It may be very popular to try to DIY everything these days but it is important to know yourself and your abilities. Lastly, it is important to consider the costs. Will you really be saving that much money by doing it yourself instead of hiring a professional? If the savings are minimal, it may be worth the extra money to know it is being done correctly and saving you the time, energy and stress of trying to do it yourself. When you evaluate all of these things, some smaller home repairs or renovations may be very manageable for you. But if something is not within your wheelhouse, it is probably best to hire a professional to get the job done.]]>