Why DIY Repairs Could Actually Cost More Than Hiring a Professional

October 20, 2014

repair-toolsFor many homeowners, making the decision whether to DIY (do it yourself) your home repairs or hire a quality contractor to do it for you can be difficult.

However, there are some instances where you should absolutely let the pros do the work. It may be tempting to do some repairs yourself, as it may seem as if you’d be saving money. In reality, however, DIY projects often actually end up costing more than hiring a pro would, due to spending too much time on a project, making mistakes and having to fix them or start over, and running the risk of an expensive and sometimes debilitating injury.

Less Time.  First of all, hiring a contractor usually takes less time. It can be enticing to try to take on, for instance, a siding or shutters project yourself, but it often takes a lot more time than you’d think. Many DIY home owners will begin a big project and quickly run out of steam, leaving the project half-done for weeks, sometimes even months, which can rankle neighbors as well as any renters who may be occupying the property—in fact, a half-done project may even prompt them to move out, which will cost you even more time and money.

Hire a Pro.  Secondly, hiring a pro is usually more cost-effective too. Because pros bring their own equipment, hiring them often costs less than actually doing it yourself—the cost of equipment and the slow, laborious process of doing your property’s repairs by yourself, for example, does not compare to the speedy, professional services of a quality contractor.

Safer to Hire a Contractor.  Lastly, it is very often much safer to hire a contractor. Taking on DIY repairs without professional help is not only labor-heavy, but it can also be very dangerous. Home repairs such as carpentry is physically challenging work, and there is risk in working upon high ladders and working with power tools, adhesives, and other chemicals. If you injure yourself, you’ll not only be stuck with a partly finished project, but perhaps costly medical bills and a lot of down time.

If you leave the work to the professionals such as those at Horner Brothers, you can relax, knowing that our specialists will perform your property repairs quickly and expertly, saving you time, money, and a lot of unnecessary risk. Call us today if you’d like to talk to one of our repair pros.

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