Doing something yourself is fantastic. It’s a great way to learn how to be self-sufficient and it means you can save a pretty significant chunk of money on your repairs and maintenance. Just think; if you were able to fix everything in your house, would you even need to hire a repair service in the future? Probably not.
At least, that’s the dream.
The reality is far from the ideal situation. After all, if it really was that easy to do something yourself, then repair services and maintenance businesses would be completely useless. The truth is that it’s hard to do things yourself when you have absolutely no knowledge about something, and no amount of willing yourself to learn can overcome those barriers.
DIY costs more than you think
If saving money is your reason for getting into DIY, then think again. Imagine how much money you’ll have to spend on tools that you don’t have, and think of the costs of learning. Do you learn online with free sources (sometimes hard to find, incomplete information, no formal training) or do you take lessons? Do you have DIY tools already, or are you going to need to buy a full set of equipment? Let’s not forget that you also need to buy good quality tools or else you’ll be replacing them every few weeks.
Imagine one of your faucets aren’t working correctly. You’re going to need a set of plumbing tools and the right knowledge in order to safely perform repairs. Compared to just hiring a service such as All-Tex Plumbing to deal with the issue, it’s a lot more costly, there’s a risk that you’ll inflict damage to your plumbing system and you may even put your safety on the line. There are far too many considerations and costs when it comes to DIY, so keep these in mind before you purchase anything.
DIY doesn’t come in handy as much as you think
Contrary to popular belief, DIY skills are far less useful than you’d think. Put it this way; if you’ve spent 30 hours learning how to repair an entire plumbing system, how often do you think you’ll be repairing your home? Unless you live in a horribly unstable house where the plumbing system fails on a regular basis, then not often. Sure, you might be able to make a bit of money on the side or you might be able to help your friends and family members with their plumbing issues, but for the investment it’s usually not worth it.
If you suffer natural disasters on a regular basis then learning how to use DIY to perform simple repairs can be handy. However, most of us don’t live in disaster-prone areas and the value of learning DIY skills is diminished. If you want to learn how to do things yourself, then do it because you have an interest or because it’s your hobby—not so that you can save money.