DIY — it has become a sort of trend to get into your overalls (or whatever you wear when you’re getting your hands dirty) and take on a fixer upper project yourself. Whether it’s a home improvement project, buying clothing or furniture at the consignment store and taking it from underwhelming to amazing, or even writing your own memoirs, it feels like an accomplishment when you see the finished product and say to yourself “hey, I did that.”
Doing it yourself is a genius idea in many situations. Painting a small room, putting together a desk, self-installing a cable box or modem, for instance, are all projects where doing it on your own is the wise choice in most cases. Most people don’t want to pay someone $100 (or more) for something they can do themselves, with minimal equipment costs, in a matter of a few hours.
On the other hand, there’s also those tasks and projects that may seem like a good idea to take on yourself, but when you add in all of the costs for materials and supplies, your time, and also, the potential for you to hurt yourself or damage other items in the process, it’s better to just pay someone else to complete the task. Here are a few of these projects (which are in no particular order).
1. Plumbing and Electrical Work
Buzz is usually not a sound you want to hear coming out of your electrical outlets. But hey, it happens and if you’re in that boat, it’s best to call an electrician. Electrical injuries cause 1,000 deaths annually and on top of that, another 3,000 admissions to burn centers are related to electrical injuries. Unless you’re a trained electrician, it’s probably wise to channel Ben Franklin some other way.
Broken toilets and leaky faucets are not only a nuisance, they can increase a water bill dramatically. While examining the anatomy of your shower, it may look like it’s a simple system you can fix on your own, but unless you’re a trained plumber, fixing it yourself is probably not worth the potential resulting waterfalls in your bathroom.