Are you going to do it yourself?
If you enjoy doing your own home improvement projects, you may want to tackle every room in your house. While this is commendable, and there is no doubt that you are capable of handling the majority of chores, there are instances when it is preferable to enlist the assistance of professionals. There is nothing worse than creating additional damage and having to pay for an even more expensive service in the long run. But, how do you determine whether to hire a professional or undertake any home improvement work yourself?
Is there a risk you are going to cause significant and expensive damage to your home?
If something goes wrong with the project, the first thing you should think about is how devastating it would be if everything went wrong. Would it cause significant structural damage to your home? Would you be required to spend a significant amount of money to fix the situation? There are numerous projects that are entertaining, creative, and risk-free and need very little other than basic tools and a tek screw or two, such as putting some flat pack furniture together, painting and hanging a few pictures. However, there are some jobs that warrant the involvement of an experienced and knowledgeable professional. Consider the worst-case scenario that could occur if something goes wrong, and ask yourself whether this is something you are capable of dealing with. Do you know how to stop water from flooding your house?
Does it involve the major utilities – gas, water or electricity?
When it comes to these three things, DIY is never the way forward. Never. Plumbing is the less dangerous of the three, but you could end up completely flooding your house or making blockages and leaks even worse. However, when it comes to electricity and gas, it can be downright dangerous to try and deal with it on your own. Don’t risk blowing up your house and yourself for the sake of saving a few dollars, all the while invalidating your home insurance too, or poisoning every with gas. Just call the professionals in!
Can you do it yourself?
If you do not think you are up to the task – and it is fine if you are not, we do not get taught DIY skills in schools – then it is probably wise to leave it to someone who does know what they are doing. Sure, putting up a shelf might not look all that difficult, but do you know how to measure it accurately and use a spirit level to check it is straight? Do you know how to check that there is no wiring behind the wall and how to drill properly? Do you know the difference between a screw and a wall plug, a nail and a command hook? If the answer is no, don’t do it, or at the very least, ask someone who does know how to do it to support and guide you. Practice makes perfect – but is it worth it at the risk of causing damage?