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DIY: Expert Awards

Keeping your home in good condition can take a lot of work–and money. Many homeowners turn to DIY to try to save themselves monetarily, but sometimes that can lead to even bigger problems and cost you more in the long run. How can you tell if something is safe to DIY, or if you should call in the professionals? We decided to ask the professionals themselves.

Our experts had a lot to say on the subject of DIY. They offered insight into what things should never be done by an untrained person, where you can find training, and how to know when you’re in over your head. Take their advice and you can save yourself a lot of stress!

Below, we’ve compiled a few of the helpful answers our experts provided. Check back later in the week for a follow-up article!

When is it a good idea for a homeowner to use DIY strategies?

What things should homeowners never attempt to DIY?

Have you ever had to save a homeowner from a DIY project gone wrong?

If you could over-see a homeowner’s DIY project, what advice would you offer?

Most Inspiring

"Watching an episode of Income Property or Holmes on Homes does not qualify you as a contractor or interior designer. I always teach/preach that DIY is GREAT however, you should ALWAYS consult w/a professional before starting to get a good guideline of codes, what adds/detracts value from the home & advice which can save you time & money. Then, armed w/this knowledge you can go forth & DIY!" read more

DeAnne's comment is inspiring because it helps homeowners plan their DIY projects the right way--with a lot of planning and advice from professionals! It's fine to DIY, so long as you do the necessary research beforehand and know what you're getting yourself into.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Creative

“Mostly the common sense projects are great for DIY projects. The curb appeal of the home is very important for the repairs to have the home owners touch. If the project could cause safety issues to a home short or long term . Time to call a professional.” read more

2 Thumbs' comment demonstrates what DIY is good for--low-skill tasks that just require physical labor, where there's no risk of creating a dangerous situation if you mess up. If a task is dangerous, it's better to leave it to the professionals than to risk hurting yourself or others, or damaging your home.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Insightful

“Some people want to tackle DIY projects because they think they can’t afford to have the work done by a professional. My advice is to get quotations from a professional well established company that specializes in whatever you need replaced/upgraded or fixed. You will probably learn much more about the process and all of the additional prep or parts you didn’t realize you might need. ” read more

Nancy's comment highlights the purpose of DIY, as well as what gets most homeowners into trouble: not doing enough research. In many cases, DIY can actually end up costing you money in the long run if you don't know what you're doing. It's best to consult a professional, even if you end up doing it yourself.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Articulate

“We are all professionals for a reason — We are all licensed for a reason. We have the years of knowledge and experiences that money couldn’t buy.” read more

Joseph hits the nail on the head with this simple statement. Professionals exist for a reason, and you should never attempt to DIY something that professionals have to attend school and get licenses to do. If in doubt, leave it to those who have the proper training.

eLocal Expert Network

Most Informative

“Having a DIY site with 2 million views and thousands of questions & comments on “what do I do now” , I think I am qualified to say most people know less than they should when they start. ... I get calls weekly from people in the middle of a mess. Unknowing diy’ers cause themselves great expense.” read more

Greg has a great deal of experience dealing with DIY projects gone wrong, and has a lot of advice to help homeowners stay out of trouble on his DIY website. We like his comment because it highlights the pitfalls and dangers of DIY, while also explaining how homeowners can use it to their advantage.

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