Harvard released a study saying that more homeowners are doing house repairs themselves. Many people undertake such projects because they have so much idle time. If you successfully carried out several restoration jobs, good for you! You did not only manage to fix home problems. But you increased the happy hormones in your body.
Several years ago, CNN published an article about the mental health benefits of doing crafts. Psychiatrists noted that depressed people have lower amounts of dopamine, which is the happy hormone. But is this a license for you to do all the house repairs yourself?
It should not be. Sometimes, asking for professional help is the right path to take. Here are some reasons why:
Before taking another project, you must ask yourself if you can safely carry out this job. Let us say that you suspect that you have tick infestation. Your first thought might probably be to buy generic insecticides. You only have to spray the affected area.
Your plan is not the correct answer to your problem. The insect repellent might keep the pests away for a few weeks. But by doing this, you expose yourself to harmful chemicals. Ask for help from a tick control expert.
They can safely take care of your tick problem. It will also last longer than household-grade insecticides. Okay, let us say that you think that hiring someone to do this task for you is an unnecessary expense. After all, the government would not allow these chemicals if they were harmful, right?
A few years ago, the government published a study stating the harmful effects of pesticides. Although this research focuses on agriculture, it enumerates several long-term effects of these poisonous chemicals. Do you still want to handle this type of solution?
The Right Equipment
When you hire a specialist to do the job for you, the contract price already includes the rental fee of their equipment. Don’t you think that this package is cheaper compared to purchasing the machinery yourself? Unless we are talking about hammers or plungers, you should avoid buying tools.
Let us say that you want to freshen up your home’s exteriors. Applying a new coat of paint can do the trick. Of course, you can do this task yourself. But think twice about doing the preparation work, which includes power washing.
You might think that buying this machine will be cheaper in the long run. But you must remember that you would need to maintain this piece of equipment. It also has to undergo an entirely different maintenance process during winter. Ask yourself, is the trouble worth it?
How about if I will rent the pressure washer? Let us return to the first point to answer your question. Can you competently handle such a machine without getting hurt? It is prudent to leave jobs involving water and electricity to experts.
Once done with the power washing, you can take over the job. You might want to check if there are holes that need to be filled with spackle. After all preparation work is complete, you can proceed with the fun part. You can now go wild with the color scheme.
Most homeowners think that doing the repair job is cheaper. But it is not always true. You might even end up creating another problem yourself. When this happens, it usually is more expensive.
For example, you noticed an unhealthy branch. Your impulse is to get a ladder and cut the limb off. But doing this can lead to more severe problems, especially if the cut portion falls on your house. Or worse, it might fall on an unsuspecting passer-by. It can even cause the disease to spread to other parts of the tree.
This scenario can pose even more risks. Let us say that the tree eventually dies. If this happens, you are at risk of a termite invasion. The closer the tree is to your home; the possibility of pests invading becomes even more imminent.
If you hire an arborist, they will prevent either of these from happening. They can competently cut the diseased branch and save the tree. They will lessen the likelihood of injury or damage. If there is an accident, you do not have to worry because they have insurance.
Engaging in DIY projects is fun. It also staves away cabin fever. The Australian branch of Houzz.com enumerated why repair jobs are good for your heart. But do not immediately jump on board the weekend warriors train. Weigh all factors.