DIY Home Maintenance and Modification On the Rise

More and more homeowners are doing things themselves when it comes to home repairs, preventative maintenance and modification. Of course, just because you saw it on TV does not mean it is going to be that easy for you at home. Remember that the folks on TV leave out some steps, due to the fact that most of those shows are only 1-hour or less. Often, such project that are stated to be a one or two day job, can take weeks for a do-it-yourself homeowner. Sometimes that includes a little education and unfortunately some trial and error too.

Now do not let me dissuade you from trying, that certainly is not my point and I have hired enough contractors over my life to understand why you might wish to do some of these things yourself – it isn’t cheap! However, I want you to consider that these folks on TV are professionals, know all the short cuts and are using often $1,000s of dollars in expensive professional grade power tools, things you do not own and probably would never purchase for only one job.

This is not to say it cannot be done, and there is a bit of satisfaction in knowing you did it yourself, plus you can save 10s of thousands of dollars to offset your gasoline and food costs, which like everyone else have skyrocketed and attacked your family budget. Just know that it is not as easy as it looks and many of the things you might be doing do require you to pull permits from city hall. Even a back yard BBQ that is built in requires an inspection and it must be done right to insure your families safety, so please think on this.