Last Updated on September 20, 2020
You’re wondering if you have what it takes to do the job. But can you really do it yourself? Of course you can! But is it really better than hiring a pro? Sometimes.
More often than not, fixing things around the home is not nearly as bad as you may think. With a little research, patience, and proper planning, you can not only save yourself a lot of money, but you can learn a new skill as well. Say it again: proper planning. Before you actually take on the task, give yourself and the project a proper evaluation.
Most projects are easier than you think, but others require necessary skills. Go watch some videos, read some specific articles, and see what it’s gonna take before you do anything. Don’t forget about safety! It’s not worth putting yourself at risk. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it, don’t.
Do you have the time? The strength? Do you need a second set of hands? Don’t worry if your smart enough, you are. Let us re-emphasize the first part. The time. When the instructions tell you how long it will take, they are assuming you have a certain level of experience already. They also assume their instructions are clear. Plan for your project to take longer.
This is an easy one to overlook. You get all set up, buy the materials, tear your house apart and then whammo…you’re stuck. It’s getting late, you’re hungry, and the kitchen is out of order. Looks like take-out tonight. If you don’t have the tools, look at the cost. Is it worth buying the tool for one project? Will you use it again?
How much is it gonna cost for materials? Do you have a truck to haul large items? Don’t forget the small item cost like screws and nails, drop cloths to contain the mess and where you’re going to store the materials until you’re ready for them. Making multiple trips to Home Depot for items you forgot or couldn’t get in one trip will add time and cost factors to your project.
All these factors should be considered before taking on the project yourself. Hiring a pro is mostly about the labor cost and warranty. Some of them mark up the materials, some don’t. Give a good comparison to see how much money you can save versus how long the project will take, and whether or not you even need a warranty. Sometimes that peace of mind is worth the extra cost.
Many home improvement pros have what’s known as a “grief to revenue” formula. Is saving a little money worth massive amounts of headache and aggravation? Not to most of us. But do it right, and you not only save the money, but you gain so much more as well.
You’ve done the research, you’ve made your plan, and now you’re ready to tackle the project head on, so here’s why doing it yourself is better.
Nothing feels better to our fragile ego’s than getting something done that we thought we couldn’t do. It takes courage to do something you’ve never done before. Heck, when was the last time you actually learned something new? You just opened a new chapter in your life. Congratulations!
Once you’ve conquered that first task, the next one won’t nearly as frightening. Before you know it, you’ll have lots of cool tools in the garage and the skill to wield them. Let’s not forget… confidence is sexy!
Just last week you could hardly screw in a lightbulb and now look at you, you’re scouring the house for your next project. There’s no stopping you now. You bought your home the way it is, now you’re ready to truly make it your own.
Come on, you know you watch too much TV. Almost everyone does. TV rots your brain, you know this. Sure, the new shows coming out are great, but they don’t feed your mind. You’re now exercising your brain and your body. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.
Tools, tools, and more tools. As your collection grows, you will be encouraged and prepared to handle more difficult tasks. So, stock up on them tools. Like the old saying goes, “Better to have and not need than need and not have.” Same goes true for potato chips.
You’re standing in front of your golden goose, phone in hand, ready to smile and show the world what you did… Okay, put your phone down, silly person. I was kidding about this one. You already feel great about yourself, no need to brag. We both know you’re still gonna do it, so get that broccoli out of your teeth first.
Some projects won’t require you to tear anything apart, but some will. And let me tell you, smashing stuff is fun. Sure it means there will be more to clean up, but that’s why you had kids, isn’t it? Put those little slaves to work and give them some ice cream when all is said and done.
This is the most common reason to DIY. That hard-earned money you just saved can now be put to better use, like your kid’s college fund. Or more potato chips if you don’t like your kids that much.
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!