Are you handy around the house? How do you know when it’s time to call a pro? Professionals like plumbers and electricians often have a minimum charge. Before calling a professional, think about how long it would take you to fix the problem. Handymen have minimums, as well. If you are planning to call a handyman, have a list of things for them to do.
It also depends on your skills. Ask yourself a few questions: Do you know what you’re doing? Do you have what you need? If you don’t have the right tools or materials, can you access them? Not only that, do you have enough time? Know that with even a simple repair, if you run out of time and energy, you’ll need to leave the project in a safe and useable state when you set it aside.
Everyone one should be able to unclog a drain or a toilet, or even fix a running toilet. Fixing loose hinges, correcting a drawer that is misaligned, or patching a small hole in the wall are things you can easily do at home. Likewise, patching a hole in the wall where a nail has been removed or where a doorknob has punctured a wall is doable. And there’s a lot of stuff already in your house that can be used for quick fixes.
There are also repairs you should never do yourself such as anything that involves a gas line! Unless you are a trained electrician avoid the main electricity panel, although something like installing a dimmer light switch is easy and quick. Same goes for building a door into a wall or taking down a wall. People usually don’t know where the load-bearing walls are. If you’re not clear, don’t even think about it.
When you do decide to call a pro it is always a good idea to get several quotes. Find someone who knows what they are doing. Also, hire a person you feel comfortable with. They’re going to be in your house, and if they get on your nerves, you’re going to end up being very unhappy. Ask around for advice on who to hire, perhaps your friends or neighbors have a suggestion.
If you are tackling the project yourself make a detailed list and take the appropriate measurements before you head to the hardware store!
To stay on top of repairs keep a close eye on what’s happening in your home. At least once a year set aside a day to walk around every single part of your house. Take notes and these notes will turn into your to-do list for the season! When you notice problems take a closer look and decide whether this is a job you can tackle yourself or whether you should call a professional!