We have all been in the dilemma where we aren’t sure if we should attempt a minor project around the house, or call in a professional. We don’t know if it is worth the expense of hiring someone, versus doing it on our own with the risk of making costly mistakes.
The truth is, no matter how much money we have, we all tend to get a little cheap when something involves our home. We figure “If I have a basic understanding, why not do it myself?” It’s not like everyone’s got dollars running out of their ears, so there are some times we decide to put in the hard work in order to save an extra buck.
Many self-help Guru’s and financial success leaders will say that you should not undertake home repair jobs, for that time is better spent building your business or working a few additional hours at your job, thereby making you more money than what you would save doing it yourself. Others claim that a minor project (a construction job, for example) for which you have the time and ability to perform, is worth doing on your own. These debates have really been going on since…well forever!
The truth is each situation has to be judged on its individual merits. If the type of job you want done is something anyone could do and thus the professional is as qualified as you are, then you have nothing to lose to do it yourself. Be careful you don’t overestimate your skills. It’s good to be a well-rounded person, but be honest with yourself. Don’t be afraid of asking for help.
Hypochondriacs are constantly turning to a doctor for advice. Most people understand they don’t need to see a doctor for every single headache; they simply take a Tylenol and move on. Think of your small home projects in a similar way—you don’t necessarily need to call over an Atlanta demolition company to make a small adjustment to a wall. Most of the times, a handyman can take care of something like that and will charge much less than a contractor, so don’t be afraid to ask around. It probably isn’t a good idea to consult the construction company, for they will find some reason to convince you to hire them. I am sure you have friends and acquaintances who can offer suggestions. There are also a number of on-line forums that can help.
Since you do not run to the doctor for every cough, neither should you be calling in professionals for every repair job. However, when you feel you need help with a project, first consider the unlimited free Google searches you can conduct; there is so much information out there. Get creative and use common sense.
One final thought is to keep in mind that if you decide to hire someone to do a job for you, you must pay for both the material and for the labor. If you are not completely satisfied with the final outcome, you will have forked over a handsome amount. Compare yourself with the professionals. Do you really believe they will do that better a job? Don’t be afraid to ask to see some of their previous work.