If you’re anything like me, you love to save money and do everything yourself. Being frugal has its perks and rewards that literally pay off. Or maybe you just enjoy DIY for the heck of it. It may be your hobby. You love learning useful new skills and you are proud of the work you accomplish when you do something yourself. The question is when you should do it yourself and when you should hire a pro. It’s definitely tempting to do everything yourself and save money.
However, you should not do this at the expense of your own safety or the safety of others. You also do not want to do any permanent damage to your personal property or the property of others. It can be tough deciding when to do it on your own or hiring a professional. We are going to give you some tips to guide you towards making this decision.
Replacing your own locks
Do it yourself. You can replace your own locks, there is no need to hire a professional for this unless you really want to. If no new holes are needed in the door, all you need to do is replace the lockset. This is a fairly easy job that you do not have to be a handyman to do. There are also easily rekeyable locksets that are now available and allow you to rekey your locks in less than 30 seconds, but there are minor risks to using a smart key lock system.
Replace roof shingles
Hire a professional. Falling roof shingles are often a warning that your roof is aging and needs to be replaced. Replacing your roof shingles is like putting a band-aid on the issue. It is only a short-term fix. You will want to hire a good roofing company to repair and possibly replace your roof. They will also an inspection to make sure that your roof is in acceptable condition.
Do it yourself. Just get a tube of wallpaper adhesive that you can get at any hardware store. Squeeze that adhesive onto the area behind the peeling wallpaper, then spread it around in that area using a cotton swab or q tip. Press the wallpaper back onto the wall and wipe off the excess glue or adhesive with a damp rag. Use some delicate surface painter’s tape to make sure the wallpaper doesn’t move while that adhesive dries. Leave the painter’s tape on overnight. Remove it in the morning and your wallpaper should stick.
Change popcorn ceiling
Hire a professional. Popcorn ceilings were very popular once upon a time, so there is a good chance that the “popcorn” on your popcorn ceiling was added before asbestos was banned or added before 1979. At the very least, you will want to hire a pro to check for asbestos.
Do it yourself. It is likely that the bolts at the base of your toilet that secure it to the floor and stop it from moving have come loose. Take the plastic raps off the base of the toilet and twist those nuts to the right using a wrench. Be careful not too over tighten them though. You do not want to crack that precious porcelain.
Electric stove not working
Do it yourself. Your burner receptacle may be charred or corroded and that can stop your stovetop from warming up. Make sure your stove is off and cool. Then, pick up the burner and remove it from your stovetop. You should be able to see your receptacle. It’s a little plastic box with two wires connected to it, detach the receptacle and take it to a hardware store to get a replacement just like it. Put the replacement receptacle into the stove, reattach those two wires and replace that burner.
These are just a few ideas of DIY projects. If you are ready to tackle something larger, consult a professional and also looks for ways to save money. Remember that you may need to rent a vehicle, it depends on the materials you are hauling.