To DIY or Not to DIY? How to Handle Small Jobs Around the House

You love your home, but there are a few small jobs you’d like to get done. The question, now, is whether to do them yourself or hire a professional.  If you hire a professional, you’ll spend some money on labor.

If you do it yourself, you’ll save a bit of cash. You may, however, need to adopt a whole new set of skills. To preserve the value of your home and avoid expensive repairs down the road, it’s essential to make the right decision. To DIY or not to DIY? That is the question.

When DIY Work is a Good Idea

Even if you’re not a contractor, there are some projects you can do on your own. Examples include simple projects, like re-caulking the bathtub, staining the back fence, or painting those indoor walls. 

If you’ve got some home improvement experience, or you know someone who does (and is willing to help), you can even take on more complex projects. Examples include laying down flooring or installing a new backsplash.

You don’t want to DIY anything that is way outside of your skill-set, or has a large impact on your home’s value. For example, it’s a bad idea to try and DIY that extra bedroom addition, or to start knocking out load-bearing walls on your own.

While there’s something to be said for learning a few things on YouTube, you don’t want to make big mistakes that put yourself, your assistants, or your home in danger.

When to Hire a Pro

If you are a little nervous about your ability to DIY that project, there is always the option of hiring a professional. In fact, this is the best choice in most situations. Here are a few benefits of working with an expert:

  • Peace of mind. When you hire professional help, you get to rest easy knowing the job will be done right. Professional painters, for example, have all the tools, equipment, and experience needed to create beautiful results, which would be hard to generate on your own. Roofers are unlikely to make a mistake that causes your house to leak. Flooring experts will make quick work of the job, and leave you with a floor that improves your home’s value and looks great. It’s tough to say the same for DIY skills.
  • Insurance. Did you know that you might not be eligible for homeowner’s insurance payouts if you mess up your DIY projects? Most insurance policies have clauses in them that bar payouts in the event of negligence or novice work. With this in mind, you’ll be protecting your pocketbook by hiring a licensed and insured professional.
  • Timeline. If you want to get the work done before you grow old, you want to hire a professional. Because your service contractor isn’t trying to juggle a nine-to-five on top of installing your new tile, the job will be done much more quickly then it would be if you tried to do it on your own.

Still confused about when to hire a professional for those small jobs? Although each situation is different, it’s smart to hire outside help if you don’t have the skills, time, or equipment needed to complete the job.

Even if the task is something as simple as installing a new fence, you’ll get a far better return on your investment by hiring a professional team then you will if you try to scrap it together over three months.

Finding the Right Professional for Those Small Jobs

You’ve decided to hire a professional service contractor to complete some work at your home. Great! Now, the question is how you find that person. We recommend using our app: Jonny On It. A home services app that makes it easy to find cleaners, HVAC experts, pest control teams, roofers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and more, Jonny On It makes it easy to find, hire, schedule, and pay vendors quickly. 

Stop agonizing over that leaky faucet or creaky stare: Jonny On It’s service contractors are ready and waiting to provide the professional service you need to get the job done. Plus, they’re just a few taps away! Find your perfect match now.