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To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question

If you’ve got the right tools for the job, there are a few things around the house that you can take care of yourself; from hanging picture frames to patching a hole in your drywall and more. But when should you speak to professionals to get the job done, or DDIY – don’t do it yourself?

Assess your skills

First of all, you need to seriously consider whether your skill level is good enough to ensure the best end result. It’s a bit of a pain if you’ve taken the time and effort to do it yourself and, after much time wasted, you find yourself calling the experts anyway!

Weigh up your options

Also, if you’re lacking in appropriate tools it may end up costing you more to buy them (as well as any additional materials you need) than having a qualified tradesman come and get it all sorted out for you. It’s always a good idea to weigh up the amount of money it’s going to end up costing and an estimated time it’ll take as a DIY job in comparison to the quote you get. You may be surprised to learn just how much cheaper and less time-consuming it is to call in the pros. A good thing to keep in mind is that an underestimation by DIY-ers of the time and money it’ll take is one of the most common reasons there are issues. Be realistic!

Steer clear of projects that carry potentially horrendous outcomes

One important factor to consider is what would be the worst outcome if you were to make a mistake. As a result of electricity’s extremely dangerous qualities, any and all electrical work should of course be completed by a trained and licenced professional, unless referring to changing a light bulb. In the same light, taking an incorrect step in any plumbing work around your home or office may well result in a whole lot of water escaping, which can of course cause a multitude of additional problems such as mould and mildew with carpets and warping, splitting, swelling or something else. While it can be fun to undertake DIY projects, what’s not fun is when it all goes pear-shaped!


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