Does DIY Maintenance Save Money: 4 Truths About Home Improvements

DIY projects are popular with home improvement buffs, but are they always the least expensive approach to maintenance projects? In many cases, homeowners are overspending on simple projects or causing damage in an attempt to make improvements. Sometimes you need a professional’s touch.


Before you start buying supplies for that home improvement project, consider these 4 problems with DIY projects. They may leave you rethinking taking on that project yourself.

  1. Windows On The World

People love windows – they offer natural light to the home, and when installed correctly may even help reduce your energy costs. But just because you can buy windows at the local home improvement store, doesn’t mean you should install them yourself. DIY window installation often results in improper placement or damage to supporting structures.

What’s more, if windows aren’t correctly insulated and securely installed, those energy savings will go right out the window. They can also expose you to a greater risk of burglary.

  1. The Pitfalls Of Plumbing Projects

Every adult – whether you own your home or rent – should know how to use a plunger to get rid of a clog, but beyond that, DIY plumbing is a bad idea. One false move or the wrong chemical, and you’ve eaten through your pipe and there’s water everywhere. Instead, apartment management should offer 24-hour support for maintenance issues and encourage renters to take advantage of it. And homeowners? Just call a plumber before the toilet overflows.

  1. Terrible Tiling

Quality tiling can be an added value feature if you’re looking to sell your home, but not if the tiles are improperly spaced or the grout is messy. So while you may think you’re cutting into the return on investment by hiring a professional, don’t DIY this project. Professionals may be able to save you a little on tiles through their connections, but it’s paying for their time and experience that will really add value in the end.

  1. The Right Tools

Executing DIY projects properly often requires a lot of supplies, including tools you may not have in your garage. While it’s important for all homeowners to have the basic tools for minor repair projects – a hanger, some screwdrivers, a wrench – investing in all those supplies is typically more expensive than the project you’re trying to execute. Professionals already own these tools. Part of what you’re paying for is the convenience of not having to buy a special implement you’ll never use again.

That doesn’t mean you can’t start building a war arsenal of power tools over a couple of years and a few projects that will, eventually, allow you to take on a few of the DIY jobs yourself. A router, wood plane, bench top lathe, electric hammer drill, nail gun, a sander and a table saw possessing the best table saw blade that money can buy, would all come in handy. Think of the number of jobs around the house that you can do, or want to do but find yourself short of just the right tool. It’s frustrating not being able to release that inner DIY tradesperson inside you, right?

Pinterest and other sites make DIY projects look ever so easy to execute, but at the end of the day, many people sink a lot of time and money into a project with a mediocre outcome. That’s because the average homeowner isn’t also an artist, carpenter, and professional electrician. No, the time has come to leave the projects to the professionals. Not only will it save you money, it will also prevent a lot of post-project disappointment.