Home Repairs: Knowing When to Save (DIY) or Splurge (Hire a pro)


Sometimes home maintenance is costly. This is why DIY enthusiast likes to bring the bill down by doing the repairs themselves. However, for a complicated job or once you are not inclined to take the risk, it is necessary to outsource help of a contractor or a handyman. Knowing which way to go depends on with the scope of the repair in question and whether the cost paid is worth the service.

Hiring a handyman

Developing an ongoing relation with a handyperson can seem like a luxury, but in the long run, it might keep your house in better shape than what you would spend in trying to do the maintenance yourself. Typically a handyman charges per hour, plus the cost of supplies and materials.

The thumb rule when working with handyman is to hire one and give him all the job. This cost less than hiring several people to do the job. It might take longer, but it is cheaper. With proper research, you can get a well-experienced handyman to handle the job in a day or two. Again do your math with those who commit to working with their material. See the cost of such items at the local store to bargain the total cost. Again clear up the working area to minimise the total hours spent on the project.

Hiring a contractor

If your home repair project is big or complicated, you need to hire a contractor rather than a single handyman. Note that when working with a contractor some of the costs are non-negotiable e.g. inspection and permit fee.

The cost of the entire job will be determined by where your home is located and the expense incurred. A contractor offers discounts on material and other building supplies. If the job is big, let more than three contractors do the bidding and settle with one offering the best rates.

DIY option

Most of the today’s homeowner are well equipped for home repairs. Projects such as installing a new mailbox and re-caulking the tub should be a walk in the park. If you are less sure how to go about the job, try YouTube and check the tutorials.

When opting for DIY calculate the total expense e.g. total time used and the cost of buying the materials and tool.

When to save on materials

No matter how you get the work done, there must be materials. To fetch the best price you need to compare prices at different stores. Check for offers and discounts. Since it is a home investment, you need to steer towards high-quality materials .they last longer and make financial sense rather than going for cheap and having to do the work again in few months’ time.

You get what you pay for

The way your project get done depends on how much you cash out. Hiring a cheap handyman or contract might reflect on the job done. Try to stay within the budget but do not ignore the important of the level of skill on who you offer the project.


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