DIY Home Repairs

 

Should you do you own DIY home repairs?  The purpose of this post is to help you decide whether some tasks are worth doing yourself.

Some jobs such as electrical repairs will require the services of a qualified trades person.

You Can DIY (Do It Yourself)

Armed with the correct knowledge and tools most people should be capable of undertaking basic DIY home repairs and maintenance.  For example:

  • changing a tap washer
  • clearing a blocked S bend pipe in a vanity or sink
  • cleaning gutters
  • painting walls
  • laying floor and wall tiles
  • changing a light bulb
  • fixing a stuck window or door
  • fixing a hole in a wall
  • measuring and estimating the amount of paint or tiles needed for a job
  • changing a light bulb
  • And… much more

Measuring success in doing your own home repairs is not just about saving money.

measuring success

It is also about the immense satisfaction you will feel in finishing a job and standing back and admiring your efforts.

What Do You Need to Consider?

To help you decide:

  • If new to DIY, estimate how long it will take you to finish the task, then multiple your hours x 3 times your estimate.
  • Do you have the required replacement parts and tools needed, or will you have to purchase these?
  • Add in the cost of purchasing the required parts.
  • Phone two local qualified trades people and get quotes for the tradie to fix the repair.
  • Armed with this information you can calculate whether it is cheaper (or satisfying) to do it yourself, or pay a trades person.

Example Repair

If a leaking tap is caused by a worn tap washer, replacing a tap washer in a conventional tap is easy.

Multi-grip pliers, and new tap washer should be all you need.

Purchase a pack of replacement tap washers for around $5 – $7 from your local hardware store.

If you engage the services of a qualified plumber the cost of replacing that worn tap washer will be significantly higher.

For example a plumber may charge around $80+ per hour, plus call out fee, plus traveling time and GST plus washer parts.

Once you get a quote from a plumber, decide whether to  “give it a go” and do it yourself.

 

 

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