Are you someone who likes to try and carry out any home task on a DIY basis whenever possible? This is a good thing – most of the time. While it can save you money, there is always the risk that you will go one step too far and end up trying to take on a task that you have no experience in. Such incidents can result in you spending up way more money than necessary because you make a mistake. With that being said, read on to discover the three scenarios whereby you need to step away from the toolbox.
Step away from the toolbox if… you’re not in the right frame of mind
There is only one place to begin, and this is with your frame of mind! It does not matter whether you are planning to re-write the electrics, build a garden shed, or do some painting around the house, you need to be in the right frame of mind to do it. What indicates that you’re not in the right frame of mind? Well, firstly, you are definitely not in the right frame to do any DIY if you are pregnant or feeling unwell. Furthermore, if you are feeling under a lot of stress at the moment and you can’t focus, you definitely shouldn’t do any tasks around the home.
Step away from the toolbox if… you are out of your depth
The next indication that it is time to move away from the toolbox is if the task in question is something you have no experience in. Plumbing is a good example of this. There are self-help articles online that tell you to do everything from use chemicals to coat hangers. Such ‘advice’ can make matters way worse. The same applies to boiler servicing. You can end up costing yourself thousands of pounds. In terms of re-wiring, mistakes are a huge fire hazard, so there really is no point in risking it!
Step away from the toolbox if… the consequences could be very costly
Last but not least, you need to consider what would happen if you were to make a mistake. Fitting a new kitchen is a good example here. If you are pretty much going to be working with what you have got, any mistakes should be easy to rectify. However, if you are going to be knocking down walls or installing an entirely new kitchen, mistakes could end up setting you back thousands. You need to consider this when determining whether to go DIY or not.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding the three different scenarios that indicate you should step away from the toolbox and call in the professionals instead. Yes, saving some money and doing a job yourself is a good thing, until you make a mistake! It’s not worth the risk with the circumstances mentioned above.