When Does it Make Sense to Do-It-Yourself?

We hear a lot about the importance of saving money and learning valuable skills by tackling projects around the house on our own. Do-it-yourself is becoming a popular way to get things done.

However, it doesn’t always make sense to get involved in a DIY project. There are times when it makes more time to have someone else take care of the project. Here are some of the considerations before you get too excited about DIY:

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First of all, you need to figure out if you have the time to participate in a project. How much do you value your time? If you have a lot of time, and you enjoy taking care of DIY projects, it can make sense to get involved. After all, you are doing something you like, and you aren’t rushed.

On the other hand, you might not have as much time as you would like to accomplish a DIY task. In these cases, it’s important to carefully consider the reality of your situation. Figure out how much time something might take to do. If it’s a project that can might take weeks to work on, due to time constraints, it might not make sense to work on it piecemeal. On the other hand, if you don’t need to finish quickly, and it doesn’t matter if you take your time, you can save a lot of money by completing a DIY project.


You also need to consider your level of expertise when deciding whether or not to get involved with a DIY project. Some projects you can do with a little direction from an expert. Tiling your bathroom is a good example. You can stop into a place like ABL Tile & Bathroom Centre, or Lowes, and find what you need to tile your bathroom, and get a few pro tips. It’s something you can do with a little thought and effort.

However, the same is not the case for projects like installing new plumbing or working out a new electrical system for your house. These are times that often require a higher level of expertise that you might not have. It’s one thing to read a tutorial online about installing a toilet, and quite another to actually install the plumbing needed to make the whole thing work. If you make a mistake with your efforts, you could end up with a bigger — and costlier — problem in the long run.


In some cases, you might have enough money just to have someone else take care of the issue. If you don’t have the expertise, and you don’t want to spend the time, but you do have the money, it can make sense to just avoid the DIY thing altogether. Figure out what you have to spend, and then make a budget that works for you and your timeline. You will save time, and you won’t have to worry about whether or not you have the expertise.

What do you think? Do you usually complete DIY projects? Or is it worth it to pay someone else?

About the Author

Miranda is a freelance writer and professional blogger. See more of her writing at MirandaMarquit.com. Her book, Confessions of a Professional Blogger is available from Amazon.