How To Know When To DIY And When To Call In A Pro

10 April 2017

With the wide range of DIY shows on a number of different networks, not to mention all of the how-to videos available on YouTube and other websites, it's becoming easier than ever before for homeowners to fix things around their own homes or even do their own upgrades. In many cases crafty DIY-ers both save a lot of money and have a project they can be proud of. In other cases, however, a "simple" DIY project can turn into a costly nightmare - and even end up in a trip to the emergency room. No matter how easy they may make it look on TV, there are times when you always want to call in the pros. Here are 3 things to consider when deciding whether to do it yourself or call in the pros.

1. How much experience do you have versus how complicated is the job?

If you have never held a drill before, you are probably not ready to build your own kitchen cabinets, no matter how easy the instructional video makes it look. If you've made a mosaic tile mirror and tiled a coffee table or two, you might be ready to tile your kitchen counters or bathroom floor. If you have installed your own hot tub, dishwasher, garbage disposal and bathroom sink and vanity, you might be ready to take on installing a bathtub.

2. How permanent will the damage be if you mess up/ how much are you willing to live with imperfection?

If you hang wallpaper poorly, you can always take it down, and you are only out the expense of the paper. If you do a poor job of installing flooring, you can probably live with it a while and eventually get a pro to do it when you're ready to sell your home. If your attempt to refinish your kitchen cabinets turns into a disaster, they can cost several thousands of dollars to replace.

3. How much will it cost to hire a pro after the fact?

With some projects, you can give it a shot and if it doesn't work out, you can call in the pros and it won't cost you anything more than if you had called them from the start. In other cases, however, not only do you need a professional to fix the original problem, but possibly three other problems that occurred as a result of you trying to do something yourself. You may have tried to rewire an old lamp yourself and in the process blown a fuse and started a fire. A good rule of thumb is to always call professionals when it comes to plumbing and electrical. There are a lot of things you can simply live with if they go bad, but fires and flooding are not among them.