With the summer months dawning upon us and the days getting longer, many homeowners might start casting their thoughts towards a ‘summer project’. The ceiling in the office might need skimming with plaster, the grouting in the bathroom might need to be redone and the spare room (that dreaded spare room) might need a fresh coat of paint.
We are not all, however, built for DIY. There are certain jobs that are always best left to the professionals, of course, but then there are other jobs that could be considered ‘flexible’. You’d always are in a professional tradesperson to re-wire your home, for example, but if you needed to fix the sink or install some new laminate flooring, you might consider doing it yourself.
This summer, however, we’re telling you it’s OK to leave it to the professionals and take some much-needed time to yourself for the following reasons:-
Ease – With all signs pointing towards a beautiful warm summer, do you really want to be spending all of your free time putting up shelves, wallpapering the spare room and painting the landing? Particularly when you can hire a painter and decorator to take care of the aesthetics and a handyman to take care of the rest.
Speed – No matter how proficient you think you are, a professional tradesperson will always be able to do the same job faster and with fewer mistakes. They do this every day and will have latched into a routine that makes certain tasks feel like second nature. Generally speaking, what you might be able to get done in a weekend, they can probably sort in an afternoon.
Danger – Whilst certain DIY tasks might be relatively free of danger, there are others that could prove incredibly hazardous (even fatal) if undertaken by unqualified individuals. Any work involving electrics, for example, could be disastrous if the proper precautions are not taken. The same is also true of gas and boiler work.
Insurance – In the event that you make a mistake and end up damaging your home, you might not be covered by your home insurance if you’ve made the mistake yourself. If you utilise the skills of a registered professional, however, you are far more likely to be covered.
Savings – Of course, there will be labour costs to consider when hiring a professional tradesperson, but in the long run, it’s a decision that might actually save you money. They will not only be able to source materials at discounted prices (passing the savings on to you) but they will be able to use materials more efficiently too. With DIY, there’s also the possibility that you’ll do a job poorly and will end up having to pay double the price to not only fix your mistakes but get the job done properly too.
One of the best things you can do as a homeowner is to develop a good relationship with local tradespeople. That way you’ll always know who to call when you need a little something doing or when something goes wrong. Who knows, you might even make a new friend out of it!