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What to Do When DIY Home Maintenance Takes Too Long (or proves too hard)

Posted by Andrew Balfour on Oct 23, 2019 6:05:11 AM

With the many resources available on the internet, more and more people have been choosing to take a DIY approach to home maintenance and improvements. You can watch a few YouTube videos, read a few articles, and have a pretty good idea how to make basic improvements and repairs. 

However, the DIY approach does not always go as smoothly as you would hope. Watching a few videos is not equivalent to receiving years of training as a carpenter, HVAC technician, or plumber. Plus, you may not have the right tools for every job, and purchasing them can cost more than just hiring a pro to tackle the project! So what should you do when your DIY attempts are taking too long or proving too hard? Here is some useful advice.

Consider bringing in some helpful friends.

If the job you’re trying to tackle is not terribly difficult but is simply taking too long, you could see if some of your friends are willing to come help you. This approach works well for simpler DIY projects like painting a room, refinishing a floor, replacing the weatherstripping along doors, or tidying your landscaping. These projects take some elbow grease, but not a lot of specialized skills.

If your friends are strong, careful, and willing, you may be able to work together over a weekend and finish things up. Be sure to thank your friends with some pizza and drinks! Turn up the music or play a favorite movie in the background to keep yourselves entertained. 

Hire a professional to finish up.

Maybe you’ve reached a larger obstacle than simply being short on time. Maybe you’ve taken apart your air conditioner to repair it, but now you can’t get it back together. Or perhaps you’re partway through replacing a door, and you’ve realized you need an expensive saw to finish the task.

There’s no need to be embarrassed about your lack of success. After all, you’re not a pro! Call a professional home maintenance service, explain the situation, and ask if they’re willing to take over. This will ensure that the work is done right. Trying to complete the project without the right tools or know-how may just cause more damage in the long-run.

Be more careful with the DIY approach in the future.

Once your project is finally done, take a big step back and admire the results. Going forward, be more careful which projects you choose to DIY. Beyond simple tasks like painting the walls, planting a few bushes, or cleaning your windows, it’s usually faster and more affordable to just hire a professional.

Signing up for a home maintenance service will also ensure you have professionals on hand to handle projects as they come up, so you don’t have to resort to the DIY approach. Contact Hassle Free Home Services to learn about our service plans.

Topics: Home Improvement, Home Repairs, DIY Home Maintenance, Home Maintenance Management

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