Ask Yourself These 3 Questions Before You Do-It-Yourself

by Miranda Marquit · 1 comment

One of the growing trends right now is do-it-yourself. The idea behind DIY is that it’s possible for you to save money on various projects and tasks if you take care of it on your own, without paying someone else to do it.

While this can be an effective way to save a little money on everything from home improvement to yard care to car care, the reality is that sometimes it’s just not a good idea to do it on your own.

Before you DIY, ask yourself the following 3 questions:

1. Do I Have the Right Skills?

In some cases, it’s possible to learn the right DIY skills with a little help from the book or the Internet. There are many things, like cleaning, changing the oil, and simple home renovation projects that can be learned. You won’t mess something up in a major way if you learn something new prior to tackling the DIY project.

However, there are some specialized projects that require you have particular skills and expertise. Plumbing and electrical come to mind. Even pouring concrete can, to some degree, require specialization, depending on what you are attempting to do.

The reality is that there are some projects that require such skill that just reading about how to do it online won’t cut it. If you mess up, you could create an even bigger — and more expensive — problem. If you don’t have the right skills, and you can’t learn them appropriately, pay someone else to do it.

2. Do I Have the Right Materials?

Next, ask yourself if you have the right materials to get the job done. DIY projects sometimes require special equipment. If you don’t have the materials on hand, you need to decide whether or not it’s worth it to buy them. If buying isn’t an option, you can consider renting the equipment you need. For projects that require heavy machinery, it makes sense to price out the cost of the project, as well as get quotes from others. In some cases, you’re better off hiring someone else to take care of everything, rather than going through the expense of buying and/or renting the materials and equipment you need to complete the work on a DIY basis.

3. Do I Have the Time?

Finally, ask yourself if you have the time to spend on a DIY project. If you have no choice, because you don’t have the money, you might have to spend the time on it. You might not enjoy it, but you have to use the assets on hand.

If you do have the money to pay for someone else to complete the task, you need to ask yourself how much you value your time. If you place a high value on your time, it might be worth it to hire someone else to complete the task, since DIY would cost too much of your irreplaceable time. Always remember to think about how much it’s costing you to save that extra money.

DIY can be a great source of pride, as well as as savings. However, it’s not for everyone, and it’s not for every project. Ask yourself whether or not it’s right for you before you dive in.

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Albert Tillman April 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

You are so right because cars now are computerized.

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