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To DIY Or Not To DIY?

Recent economic instability and an uncertain housing market means that many homeowners are deciding to stay put and renovate or extend rather than move home. This has led to an increased interest in DIY home improvements.

However, it’s got to be asked: if you’ve decided to take on a DIY project, do you really know what you’re doing? What’s more, do you have the knowledge and skills to complete a job successfully and safely?

If you’re thinking of taking on a DIY project over the summer, here are a few factors you should consider before you make a start.

Time

If you are an expert DIYer then doing a job yourself can save you a lot of money. However, the price you have to pay is your time investment. Are you a weekend warrior who can only work on your DIY project during time off and over the weekends? Even a simple DIY job can end up taking months to complete if your commitment time is limited.

Electrical Contractors SussexCertain jobs such as sanding back floors that creates a great deal of dust and dirt or kitchen and bathroom improvements can end up causing major upheavals if the job takes a long time to finish. The prospect of having an inaccessible kitchen or bathroom for long periods of time is not a happy one. You may be saving money, but if a professional can complete the work in half the time it might be wiser to swallow your pride and pay for a job to be done more quickly. 

Also bear in mind if you’re tackling a DIY project for the first time, the money you save by not calling in a professional may well be spent on buying the necessary tools.

Skills

If you don’t have the skills, you may end up paying a professional even more money to correct a job that you’ve botched up. Do you know enough to complete the process from start to finish? Popular TV shows make DIY look easier than it is.

Dangers

Two areas you should definitely leave to the professionals are plumbing and electrics. Botched plumbing could easily flood your home and fiddling about with electrical wiring could result in fire, injury or even death.

No matter how competent you think you are, the following are absolute DIY no no’s:

  • Electrical works
  • Plumbing
  • Asbestos removal
  • Roof work
  • Gas appliance work

Icarus Electrical are experienced and professional electrical contractors based in Sussex. For all your electrical requirements no matter how large or small, contact us today, or visit us online for more information.

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