DIY (do-it-yourself) projects are a great way to keep money in your wallet and show off your creative side at the same time. The Internet is full of easy-to-follow video tutorials and blog posts that make everything from making a tufted headboard to building a deck looks easy and cheap. The reality is, however, that many of these DIY projects are neither easy nor cheap, which is why the phrase, “Pinterest Fail,” is so popular these days.
Whether you’re the DIY type or just someone who hopes to save a buck or two by doing something yourself, here are a few guidelines to help you determine whether that project would be better if left to the professionals or not.
To DIY or Not to DIY…
Should you do-it-yourself or not? Here are a few things to consider.
You Can’t Replicate Store-bought Quality
Sometimes, it’s possible to make a better-quality item than you’d get for the same amount of money buying it in the store. For example, you can build a high-quality, real-wood dining room table for around $100, whereas a store-bought table of the same quality might cost you $1,000.
If you can’t replicate store-bought quality for cheaper, skip the DIY project and just buy it from the store.
The Project is Definitely Doable and You’ll Have Fun Doing It
If you’re a skilled DIYer and the project won’t cost you too much in time, money, or stress, there’s really no reason not to go for it, especially if it’s something you know you’ll enjoy doing. In fact, working with your hands and being creative might be just what the doctor ordered.
The Project Will Take Too Long to be Cost-Effective
They say time is money, which is something many people forget to factor in when figuring their savings by doing a project themselves. If your schedule is a busy one and you’re considering tackling a project yourself, don’t forget to factor in the time it’ll take to complete it. You might just find that it’ll take too long to make doing it yourself cost-effective.
You Want Something Heartfelt or Custom
Sometimes, doing something yourself won’t save you money and it may even cost you more than buying it in the store, but when you want something heartfelt or custom-made, DIY is the way to go. In some situations, just the fact that something is homemade is a compelling reason to DIY.
It’s Safer to Hire a Professional
Just because the Internet is jam-packed with how-tos for all kinds of advanced projects doesn’t mean you should attempt them yourself if you don’t possess the necessary training to do so. These technically advanced projects include anything electrical, as one wrong move can be extremely dangerous. If you haven’t had the training, leave the task to someone who has.
The takeaway from this article is that there are more things to consider besides money savings when deciding whether to DIY a project or not. Time, skill level, enjoyment, and safety should all be considered as well.