On the face of it, DIY is an excellent tool for homeowners. When you use it correctly, you can save yourself time and money and reinvest the resources into other areas of the property. Plus, that’s without mentioning the sense of satisfaction that comes with a job well done, as well as the fact DIY teaches you to be self-sufficient.
Yes, doing it yourself has real advantages that every homeowner should be aware of for the sake of their bank balance. However, convincing yourself that it’s a savior isn’t a smart move. Sadly, doing it yourself can be bad for you and your home.
These are the reasons why.
Basic Projects Go Wrong
The idea that you spot a problem and fix it straight away isn’t always the case. Often, small tasks escalate out of control because you can’t see the underlying issues. Plumbing work is a perfect example as one slip and the entire property will be covered in water. Even screwing in curtains and blinds can cause damage if you don’t use the correct equipment as they may fall from a considerable height. A custom home builder, however, is experienced. As a result, they know the warning signs and the solutions to any foreseeable and unforeseen circumstances.
Social Media Adds Pressure
DIY wouldn’t be too bad if you didn’t have access to hundreds of thousands of houses across the globe. As it is, you can use Instagram and Facebook to compare your efforts against everybody else’s, and it’s dangerous. Once you see a feature that you haven’t included, you’ll want it, and the FOMO won’t stop. Suddenly, the projects aren’t small or uncomplicated but big and complex, increasing the likelihood of errors. A simple fix is not using social media, yet that probably won’t happen, not when the platforms receive billions of daily users.
Cleaning Up Is Rough
You’ve completed your task, and you’ve done it alone. Congratulations – your reward is to spend all day cleaning up! Sorry, but there’s no way around the cleanup job that occurs after every DIY job. It’s not as if you’ll do it as you’re going along, either, not when your main focus is on finishing the job correctly. To add insult to injury, industrial cleaning methods aren’t straightforward. If there are stains on the carpet, for example, you’ll need more than warm, soapy water. Otherwise, it will be ruined and you’ll have to fork out for a new one.
Everyone Has Limits
Although a sense of satisfaction is incredibly powerful, you may harness it in the wrong way. Completing a basic project will encourage you to attempt another one and another one. Before long, you’ll convince yourself that you have what it takes to check the electrics. Without the necessary training and qualifications, you should never mess with electrical appliances, especially the main wiring. Dealing with the plumbing is risky, too. Remember that you have limits, and when you burn out, it’s time to turn to an expert.
How do you feel about DIY?