15.12.20

When You Should Try To DIY And When You Should AFH (Ask For Help)

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When it comes to DIY, it’s always good to do what you can yourself, this is often cheaper and it also teaches you new skills and gives you a sense of accomplishment as well. However, there are also some things that should be left to the experts and shouldn’t be attempted by a novice. But how do you know which is which and what you should attempt?

How Big Is The Project?
This is the first question you need to ask yourself. Is the project small enough that you’ll be able to learn how to do it quickly? There are plenty of tutorial videos online for all sorts of jobs, so have a look and see first if it’s something that you can do. 

Do You Have The Patience?
When you are a beginner, you have to expect mistakes and that things will take longer than you might expect. Do you have the patience and the time to deal with this? Are you willing to make extra trips to the DIY shop because you didn’t measure properly the first time, or will you be okay if you have to order extra materials or building products because you did something wrong and need to do it again? You may even finish the job and then realize that the paint has dried unevenly, are you prepared to start all over again?

Do You See DIY as A Hobby Or Work?
If you enjoy painting, decorating, or taking things apart to see how they’re made then a DIY project could be just up your street. If you enjoy doing these things then you won’t see it as hard work and you’ll want to do it.

Are You OK with An Amateur Project? 
Whatever it is you’re doing, it’s important that you’re prepared for it not to turn out as good as it would if you got a professional in. If you’re okay with that then that’s fine, however, if you know that you’re always going to look at it and see your mistakes, see where you could have painted differently or made things more even then maybe you should get an expert in from the start? But if you know you can live with the results then it’s probably worth having a go. 

There are other times when it’s not even worth thinking about doing at yourself, so it’s important to consider this before you get your tools out and jump in:

A mistake could have serious consequences
If you’re planning on doing something like installing ceiling lights in your kitchen or knocking down a wall to make a bigger room then if this goes wrong, it could be disastrous. If you want to do a job where you could end up electrocuting yourself, starting a fire, or pulling your house down then it’s not even worth trying to attempt it yourself. When it comes to a project that could put your life, your family’s life, or your home in danger then get someone in who knows what they’re doing and pay for it to be done properly. 

It would be very expensive to fix
If it’s going to cost you more to get the hard work you have done yourself put right than it would have done to have it done professionally in the first place then is it worth the risk? Weigh up the pros and cons and decide if the risk is worth taking but if you’re undertaking a project yourself to save money then you need to ask yourself if it really will save you money.

You really have no idea where to start
Not everyone can be good at DIY and if you’re one of these people who doesn’t even know how to change a light bulb or bleed a radiator then perhaps it just isn’t for you. If it’s something you want to learn then by all means, take lessons or even follow online tutorials with small projects that can’t harm anyone or anything. However, if it’s just not for you then save your strengths and talents for what you are good at and pay someone to do the things you’re not so good at. 

If you decide to go for it, then good luck, and remember to do plenty of research before you begin, read all the instructions for your tools and if you need help, then ask for it.

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