There are always a lot of things to do around the house: walls to paint, faucets to fix and light fixtures to change. In this day and age the amount of people who can actually complete these jobs themselves is dwindling rapidly. At the same time, the cost to ‘fix up’ your home is rising dramatically. For those who are on a strict or limited budget the ability to hire a handyperson to make small repairs may be impossible, therefore you will have to become handy yourself.
While there are those that shudder at the idea of getting down and dirty, the fact is that you either choose to learn how to do these things yourself or watch your home slowly fall into ruin. Becoming a handyman is not hard, and as long as you can read instructions and follow illustrations you shouldn’t have any problems.
Luckily there are many people these days who are embracing the do-it-yourself attitude, and with them many people who have put together books and courses for the home handyman. Even community colleges offer one or two evening courses on basic home maintenance and special projects.
So how exactly can you save with do-it-yourself? Obviously, you can save $25 or more per hour by not paying someone to fix things for you, but it goes further than that. We all know that the retail prices you are charged when buying supplies through a contractor or other tradesperson is not the price they pay, so by avoiding the middleman you can find great deals on home improvement items.
For example, let’s say that you wanted to put new floors in all of your bedrooms. Hiring someone would cost you a fair penny, and so would the materials. Now if you decided to do-it-yourself you could buy discount carpet, second print tiles or even hardwood flooring at an auction. Laying the floor itself will take you longer than a professional, but in the end you’ll likely pay half as much.
The do-it-yourself craze doesn’t have to end in the home. Challenge yourself by seeing just how much you can accomplish with a little elbow grease and a few good manuals. Try doing routine car maintenance, landscaping your property or even take on a large project like building a shed or garage. There is really no limit to what you can do (yourself) when you put your mind to it.
At the same time you need to know your limitations. Professionals should definitely be contracted to do anything that concerns your gas line, or electricity. Don’t try to scrimp or cut corners when it comes to the safety of your home, and ensure that any projects you take on are done safely and to appropriate specifications. The last thing you want is an accident or injury due to shoddy workmanship.
So head to your local library, community college or simply start looking online. In no time at all your home will be ship shape and your pockets will be brimming with extra dough.
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