I am a big proponent of doing almost everything yourself. If you can DIY it, you absolutely should.
I have seen far too many homes fall into disrepair simply because the homeowners were waiting until they had the money to hire a repairman for maintenance they could have easily done themselves.
This is especially common when people who grew up in wealthy households are trying to make it on their own. Because they never learned basic DIY skills, they assume that only a professional can do handywork.
However, sometimes you do need to call a professional. Not every problem should be solved with DIY skills. There are certain situations in which you should always call a professional.
Can I afford it?
I get that sometimes you just cannot afford repairs which is why you might try to do some of the following tasks yourself. However, you cannot afford to do this for your own safety and peace of mind.
One way of covering these sorts of costs is by getting a home warranty when you move in. A home warranty covers many basic maintenance issues and repairs.
You can find out more about what warranties have to offer in this review of Choice Home Warranty.
It shouldn’t need to be said, but unless you have the requisite qualifications in electrical engineering, do not undertake significant electrical repairs yourself.
While you might save yourself money, you are putting yourself, your family, and your neighbors at risk.
Electrical faults cause thousands of houses to burn down and as many individuals to get electrocuted every year.
Even if the problem does not seem too complicated, don’t chance it. Unless you have the education to guarantee that these repairs won’t lead to problems later on, you are much better safe than sorry.
Complex plumbing issues
It may be easy to fix a leaky sink or unclog a toilet, but when plumbing issues become complex you should call a professional.
Plumbing issues are not likely to cause as much damage as electrical problems, but you can find yourself wishing to go back in time when you realize your quick fix has led to a build-up of sewage and flooding.
Call a plumber, even though it will be expensive, so that you save money and pain later on.
Heating, ventilation, and AC issues are incredibly difficult to deal with yourself. While certain problems can be solved with basic DIY skills, you shouldn’t take chances on other issues.
Unresovled heating problems can lead to fires. Ventilation issues can cause serious damage to your health.
And badly configured air-conditioners can leak and malfunction, ruining walls, floors, and furniture.
HVAC issues affect your quality of life. Don’t let the cost of these fixes ruin your experience of your home.
You need proper climate control and air quality in order to live comfortably and without fear of illness.
DIY skills should be able to solve most of your home maintenance issues. But in certain cases DIY just won’t cut it.
Do not settle for anything less than a qualified professional to save yourself money and security in the long run.