The DIY industry is growing by the day, as more and more kits and equipment for repairs are becoming more accessible. The culture surrounding DIY is also benefitting from the constant media attention it gets. TV shows, YouTube channels, infographics, instructionals, and many more are constantly being made.
While this can be seen as a good thing as it encourages people to exercise their creativity and get some elbow grease on, a lot of repairs are actually best left to professionals. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you can do everything on your own, as long as you have instructions. In this article, we’ll be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of repairing it yourself and when to call the professionals.
DIY Still Has Some Benefits
Of course, doing it yourself isn’t all bad. As a matter of fact, it’s great! Learning something new can be very fun and challenging and will prove useful down the line. DIY is often a hobby picked up by people from all age groups, which might be a great social experience for you.
Sometimes, DIY kits are cheaper than hiring for help too. Especially for non-specialized ones, like sewing and computer repair, you might find that fixing it yourself will not just be a fulfilling experience, but it will also help you save money. With great ingenuity, DIY can end up saving you the money you can put elsewhere.
But you probably already know the inherent benefits of DIY. So let’s look at the flipside and look at things worth considering.
You Need Equipment and Materials- and They Can Be Expensive
Not everyone has a soldering rod or a heat gun at home. Most of the time, average families do not even have power tools. This can hinder repairing something by yourself as you would normally need specific equipment even to do minor troubleshooting. There are many tools with a specific purpose as well- even ones not commonly known to the masses. The last thing you want is preparing everything for an afternoon of DIY repair but eventually finding out you don’t have the right screwdriver for a screw.
Besides equipment, you also need materials. And most materials don’t go for cheap either, especially replacement ones. When doing DIY, it’s important to determine whether finding out replacement parts for repairs will be worth it compared to hiring a professional.
DIY Sessions Take a Lot of Time
Fixing something doesn’t just take five minutes. It can range from five minutes to 50 minutes, or even up to five hours. When you’ve decided to repair something by yourself, you should look at whether you actually have the time for it. You might think that fixing something takes less than fifteen minutes, but unless you have years of experience and have honed your skill to great accuracy, then it can take a while.
You Might Cause More Damage
Sewer line repairs are delicate tasks that often require specific diagrams to accomplish effectively. The same goes for electrical repairs as you need to be familiar with a schematic, or else you have to memorize which wires go where. And even with computer repairs, trying to fix it yourself might end up causing more damage. Simply put, if you’re not familiar with what you’re doing, your attempt at a ‘repair’ might end up costing you more money.
Doing It Yourself Can Be Dangerous
Working with electricity, hammers, or power tools obviously have their own dangers. These dangers are often magnified at the hands of an amateur. Trying to work out electrical wirings can result in electrocutions. Saws and drills always need to be handled with the utmost care, and paint fumes can damage your lungs. Safety equipment should always be worn, and safety parameters followed. DIY can be hazardous, especially if you don’t have the safety gear for it.
Sometimes, It’s Cheaper to Hire a Pro
Of course, DIY still has its charms. Nothing beats the satisfaction you get after pouring sweat and effort into a repair job. The feeling of contentment and pride is great, but the truth is it’s simply cheaper and more cost-efficient to hire a professional to do the job for you in most situations. They will most definitely come with their own safety equipment and tools, will have the skill set necessary to troubleshoot, and you’ll have your time to yourself.
At the end of the day, however, it’s still ultimately your choice. Whether you do it yourself or you hire professional help, what matters is that you get things done. The decision for the question of whether to hire a professional or do it yourself lies in whether you want to put in the effort of fixing or do you simply want it done.
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