When you get the itch to update your home, the first question you may ask is whether you can do it yourself or if you should hire a professional. Ultimately, what you decide depends on four key factors: the risks, costs of repairing a potential mistake, time commitment, and required skill level. To help you determine if you should pick up the phone to call a skilled professional or pack up the car and head to the hardware store, we reached out to our facilities experts for their advice. Before you start your next home repair project, consider these four questions
Could it cause you harm?
The first question you need to ask yourself before tackling a do-it-yourself task is, is it safe? Some jobs, such as electrical work, roof repair, or chimney sweeping are best left to the professionals, especially because they are trained to handle the dangers associated with the job. If you feel uncomfortable, it’s best to call in the professionals.
If I make a mistake, will it be costly?
Although it might seem easy to fix a leaky water pipe, consider that if the job isn’t done correctly, it could leave you with a hefty bill. Do the research beforehand and decide if fixing it yourself is worth the risk. The last thing you want to do is have to bring in the professionals and pay them to fix your mistake.
Do you have the time to complete the project?
Large projects can be tedious and require a lot of time and energy to complete. Check your calendar and make sure you are ready to be committed—allot yourself enough time to complete the project before an event, vacation, or holiday. Giving thought to time requirements will prepare you for what to expect, whether you choose to tackle the task on your own or call in the experts.
Does your skill level meet the requirements of the projects?
Certain projects fall well within the skill level of the DIY home repairman. These typically include painting the interior of your home, changing out fixtures, repairing a fence, and more. With proper research you can do the job effectively. However, if you feel unsure about your ability, it’s key to choose caution over costs and call the professionals.