Don’t let the first picture fool you as I am sure absolutely NOTHING was DIY’ed in that room. But, when it comes to DIY-ing, I will forever stand on the side of ABSOLUTELY 100% attempt anything that you think you can DIY. Fortunately this attitude has not run me into any unfixable issues, particularly when it involves a client or a rented apartment (keeping my fingers crossed). But, with that said DIYing isn’t for everyone or for every single project in your home and there are a few that I would recommend calling the experts on.
Most homeowners enjoy being handy in some form or fashion. I mean, who doesn’t like saying, “oh you love that floor to ceiling tile with detailing in my bathroom…. Oh ya, I did that”. We love having the knowledge to do something on your own and I myself am at the age where I love learning how to be more self-sufficient, even if that did include the financial category years and years ago when I moved out to LA on my own.
And while learning how to do it yourself is a noble goal, you need to consider the practicality of it. So here are a few of my suggestions of when to DIY and when to ask yourself (D.I.)why do you think you can do this.
PlumbingThis is one of those areas where making a mistake can be costly. Case in point, I thought that I could install my new toilet and faucet in my bathroom a few weeks before a photoshoot. After watching too many youtube tutorials and reading too many online articles I decided that this might be one left to the pro’s as gushing water out of a pipe into a room is not something I would be proud of. So if you are planning to fix a leaking pipe behind a wall, swap out your faucets, or are trying to install a new sink, call your local handyman or plumber. I recently called back the exact same plumber when I refreshed my kitchen, and was glad I did after finding out the job was a lot more complicated than what him or I thought.
Electric WorkI am all for swapping out light fixtures and it can be one of the most impactful and easiest things to do in your space but if you are trying to rewire, fix electric work that has tripped a breaker, or hardwire something into your current system, do yourself and call the electrician to fix those electricity repair jobs before you start yourself a fire.
I have yet to attempt this one but if it involves renting or buying equipment equipment to say relandscape your yard, or dig a hold somewhere then I will gladly hand my hardhat over to someone with a little know how before I dig myself into my grave.
Installing Molding or TrimworkIf you think you can handle measuring a piece of molding while you are ten feet up in the air and then mitering it at the right angle then you are WRONG. Doing it wrong is expensive and it will end up looking like you live in Suessical the Musical.
TilingIn a lot of peoples books this is a totally DIY-able endeavor but when you have spent a fortune on beautiful tile there is nothing worse then ending up with an uneven floor with bad corners, edges or cuts. So, if you are investing in expensive tile then leave this one to the pros.
So, to sum it all up. Doing it yourself is smart and very cost efficient if you know what you’re doing or if the job itself is simple enough that it won’t cause more damage or cost to your project. Something like painting the walls or making your own decor are usually harmless and if you fail, then it’s not a huge issue. Cleaning up spilled paint is easy however, if you fail miserable at something like a plumbing repair or installing a gas appliance, it could lead to some pretty terrible results. So let’s all continue to live another day and leave a few of these to the pro’s.
Oh and in case you made it this far, here are a favorite of my tools so that you can do it in style. And you better believe that my dream toolbox would be filled with brass tools and necessities.
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