We’re not suggesting that you have a problem with DIY-ing projects around your house. We’re just suggesting that there at some point, there may be a project too big and too complicated that it might be best to call a professional.
Of course, if you actually are a professional, you can probably tackle any home improvement you want to make. If you’re further to the left on the handiness scale, there will probably be a few instances when calling in some helping hands or a construction company is the best plan of action. Here’s how you know it’s time:
No Assistance Needed
I was lucky enough to live in the same apartment building as my little brother during his first and my last year at university. We liked the proximity without having to actually share a room as we had at home. I felt less lucky, however, when he called me a 3 a.m., nearly in a panic because one of his roommates had punched a hole in their living room’s drywall while trying to move the couch.
Luckily, we’d been raised by the handiest of fathers, who had showed us many times how to patch up and hide the holes we’d made in the wall before Mom got home. A little spackle, a little popcorn texture, a little paint stolen from the apartment’s supply room, and done. No professionals needed. Painting, changing lightbulbs, installing a new toilet, etc. are all pretty self-explanatory if you’re willing to get your hands dirty.
Some Assistance Needed
Here’s where things might get a little bit trickier, but still possible. Whether replacing a light switch or installing a new light fixture, if you really feel uncomfortable playing with electricity, call an electrician. However, there are also plenty of detailed videos online, showing you how to install or fix exactly what you are trying to install or fix.
When You Really Should Call for Help
You want to take ownership of your home and you want to be handy enough to make the repairs and improvements it needs—that’s a great attitude to have. However, if you don’t know how to DIY something and cannot find a guide online that looks like it was written by someone who really knows what they’re talking about, it’s time to call in a professional. It’s always best to call a contractor or repairperson before you make any “repairs” (read: attempts at fixing or changing something that actually makes the situation worse).