Avoiding a DIY disaster – When to call in the professionals

Avoiding a DIY disaster – When to call in the professionals
Not every job requires professional help, especially if you are willing to put some time and effort into learning how to do a project properly. However, there are times when taking a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach can lead to disaster, so make sure you know when to swallow your pride and call in the professionals.

If you are in a rush
While it can be fun taking on a DIY project when you have plenty of time on your hands, if you need that job done sooner rather than later you are far better off calling in professionals. Rushing a job you are not trained to do will not only increase the chance of you hurting yourself, it will also mean the end product will likely look a little rough as well. Before you start any DIY project look into how long you can expect it to take and unless you have more than enough time to get the job done either postpone it or hire tradespeople instead.

When it’s unsafe
If your project requires specialist skills or training to complete it safely, you are best to leave it to the experts – otherwise you may end up jeopardising your safety or that of others. Projects that involve heights, electricity, heavy lifting or strenuous activity of any type can easily lead to injury. If you want to be healthy and happy enough to enjoy the end product, it is never worth risking your safety on a DIY project.

If it MUST look good
If your project involves a prominent part of your home or is in preparation for an important event, the end result matters; to ensure that finished job will be a highlight rather than an embarrassment, hire professionals to do the work for you. Whether you are painting your home to sell it or are landscaping for a backyard wedding, if it simply must look good and you can afford to hire help, do so.

When you are out of your depth
While you can learn a lot by doing research and asking questions, sometimes a project requires years of training to even understand it, let alone do it properly. If you are clearly way out of your depth don’t even consider doing a project yourself, as not only are you unlikely to have much success, but it may put your health and safety at risk as well.

If doing it yourself is too expensive
Some projects require extremely specialised equipment in order to get the job done, and while you can sometimes rent or borrow gear, this isn’t always the case. If the project you have in mind requires high end gear that you can’t get your hands on cheaply, it may be considerably less expensive to call in professionals to do the work for you. Even if you have all of the tools and supplies you need, if taking a DIY approach is going to cost you time that you simply don’t have, it may be more economical to hire someone else.

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