Many home repairs are inexpensive and easy, and they can be tackled by an enthusiastic homeowner who has the time, skill and money to invest in materials. But not all home repairs are created equal, and there are some important things to consider before you get started.
Be realistic about what projects you can take on with the expectation that you’ll be satisfied with the result. Some easy projects like replacing flooring tile or repairing the grout on a bath tub don’t take a lot of skill — just patience and the ability to follow instructions. But bigger jobs like moving a wall outlet or replacing rotten framing require a lot of know-how.
Can you do the job without incurring costly medical bills if you’re injured? Some projects like roof repair (many roofs are very steep) or gutter replacement (it’s pretty scary being perched on top of a 20 foot ladder) can be dangerous and should be left to the professionals.
How long will it take you to complete the project is a big issue for many homeowners. People tend to underestimate the time required to complete projects, or the time they have available to devote to the project.
Make a decision up front about materials. Only the best in materials, the very cheapest choices or something in between?
How will you pay for the repairs? Will a loan from a lending institution like Plain Green Loans cover the cost?
There are many things to consider when thinking about taking a do-it-yourself approach to home repair. A little thought before you start will make the project one you can manage on all fronts.