The Advantages of Do-It-Yourself Projects
One of the reasons that DIY is so popular is that it is so much cheaper than hiring someone else to do the work. A professional plumber, electrician, or roofer will charge anything from $40 to $100 per hour or any part of an hour, before considering the cost of parts. This means that if it takes fifteen minutes to nail down a loose shingle, you will still pay the fully hourly rate.
Also, if a project needs to be done in a hurry, there is no need to wait until a professional is available or to get the job done at higher, emergency rates. A handy man or woman will take a drill or saw or whichever tool is required to the damaged part of a home and fix it by his or herself.
Finally, many women and older people are fearful of becoming the victims of scams. They dislike the idea of having strangers come to their homes because they know they are vulnerable, so it is a weight off of their minds if they or someone they know makes small repairs to plumbing, siding, the driveway, and so on. There are scam artists out there as well as reputable firms.
The Disadvantages of DIY
Homeowners sometimes believe they can do jobs which should be left to professionals. When they start work on what looks to be a simple leaky tap, the leak turns into a gush and, suddenly, the small task becomes an emergency restoration project. Cleanup after a flood resulting from plumbing damage can be extremely distressing and expensive. Many items will have to be thrown away. If water gets through your roof, the damage can be insidious at first. Mold and mildew start to creep through floor boards and walls until after a while the householder smells damp or notices spots in the ceiling.
This kind of money saving tactic can become very expensive, especially if the resulting damage will not be covered by an insurance firm. For instance, if you change wiring in your home but are not a certified electrician, then a fire starts, you might not be eligible to make a claim. This kind of drama is totally needless too. Sites such as http://www.homeownerscircle.com/ connect homeowners with contractors in every field all over Canada.