We all like the idea of taking care of issues within our home ourselves, as this is often a much more frugal position to adopt – and whilst it can be less time efficient than getting in a professional, none of us like the idea of having to fork out loads of money, for something that we could do ourselves.
Now, when it comes to things like home decorations, such as painting ceilings and walls, it makes sense to do these simple tasks yourself – yet, there are times when you “doing it yourself” around the home can make matters much worse.
For instance, if you have an electrical fault, this isn’t really an area you want to be meddling within the sense that you could cause yourself serious harm as well as your property – indeed, a slight mistake could lead to disastrous consequences in the sense of electrocution or a fire within your home.
That said, today, there are so many courses available online that can take you through things step-by-step, that even with complicated tasks such as electrics, you can follow a step-by-step, monkey see monkey do guide, that is as good as having an experienced professional with you… presuming, of course, that what you’re doing is a simple job.
Think of it this way, technically, you could learn to extract a tooth within a few hours by watching YouTube videos (hopefully they don’t have such video tutorials) yet just because you can follow the actions of someone that knows what they are doing doesn’t make you qualified to remove the tooth – as issues could arise that require immediate attention, such as if the blood weren’t to clot upon extraction, and because you are following a step-by-step almost painting by numbers approach, you are now in a position where you don’t know what to do.
This is where professional knowledge and experience comes into play. The point being, that whilst it can feel empowering to try to DIY things within the home, it can also be a mistake, after all, the tale of the consultant that goes into a company for a few minutes draws an X on the part that requires drilling and provides an invoice for $1,000 highlights this point well.
When asked to provide a more itemized invoice to justify the cost, the consultant put “Drawing an X on the device = $1… (knowing where to draw the X = $999).
This highlights the value of professional services, as often we do feel they are exorbitantly priced, yet when you consider the value of the knowledge behind the advice or action they take the teaching tale above resonates.
In a nutshell, we all like the idea of tending to issues within our home ourselves, as this tends to feel like it saves us a lot of money and provides an instant solution to an issue, rather than having to wait for someone to come out… but, unless you know what you’re doing and have the experience required to adapt and respond, should it not be all plain sailing, attempting to do it yourself could lead to making the problem worse. This would result in you likely having to spend even more money that if you had called the professional out in the first place.
In that vein, here are three times you should consider leaving your DIY hat on the shelf and calling out the professionals:
You can read more now about plumbing issues and plumbers, but when it comes to a water leak – you want to take immediate action. Of course, the first thing to do is find the stopcock that turns off the water supply to your home and take remedial action to clear up and protect any water from damaging your belongings.
The next thing is to call out an emergency plumber, as when dealing with situations like this, you don’t want to mess about, and the challenge with a water leak is that there are often so many pipes that are hidden it isn’t easy to visually inspect the issue and you need specialist equipment to thoroughly inspect the pipes; some of which will be under your floorboards or buried under your home.
For this reason, you will want to call out a plumber that provides a specific water leak detection service.
If you have rodents coming into your house you’ll obviously feel alarmed and perhaps a little creeped out. Sometimes, we leave this situation and prefer to ignore it – pretending nothing is happening, but this is a recipe for disaster, as rats breed at quite rapid paces and can quickly make themselves at home in a nest within your wall cavity… carving out channels to sources of food, such as the kitchen, where they will come out at night.
You, therefore, want to contact a specialist company that can resolve this issue as efficiently and humanely as possible.
If you’re waking up at night to hear scratching on what sounds like the inside of your walls or within your roof cavity, there’s a very strong chance there is a rat or a family of rats living between your walls and scurrying from their protected nest into your home (most often at night) to source food.
This is a very acute issue that can develop over time but isn’t normally acted upon until the symptoms become acute. Subsidence is what happens when the ground under or around your house sinks lower or even collapses – meaning the foundations of your house become unstable.
In more extreme cases, a sinkhole can form, which is something that appears to be happening more and more often in areas that are taking up the practice of fracking. The reality, however, is that many times there are only subtle signs of subsidence such as slight cracks appearing.
If you find the symptoms of subsidence then you need to take immediate action and speak to a specialist who will advise you on the best course of action, which could be as simple and cheap as digging up the roots from a large tree.