Do Your Own Maintenance
I was fortunate to be raised in a house where I was taught how to do my own maintenance. Throughout the years I have had the chance to do some electrical, plumbing, and construction around the house. In addition, I have been taught how to do basic maintenance on cars and small engines.
Over time having these skills has become a thing of pride for me in that I know that with my skills I am in the minority of people who doesn't just take the easy road and have someone else do all of the maintenance for me. I also know that it will be cheaper than paying someone else to do it for me.
Will I get messy in the process? Absolutely, but what man doesn't like to get messy at least sometimes? Because I have been taught how to do things like this I know that I will have a set of skills that I will be able to pass down to my children someday.
It always saddens me when I see something relatively simple like putting in some screws to hold something together, and I realize just how few people will actually pick up the drill to do it themselves instead of having someone do it for them.
On the other hand I know that with my skills I never have to worry about not being able to find a job. There are always people who could use a handyman, and often the pay can be pretty good. If I want to get serious about doing the work then I will need to go to trade schol so that I can get all of the appropriate licences. While this training does cost some it is significantly less than the amount of money or time that is required from a traditional four year degree. In addition, by completing trade school I will have guaranteed myself a long standing position in the work force. With a four year degree you can't always say that because there is no guarantee of getting a job upon graduation.
Another reason that I like doing all of my own maintenance is that I am curious about how things work. When I am the one getting my hands dirty then I am able to learn about the inner workings of many different things. This helps to appease my curiousity as I am always hungry to learn more.
In addition, when I have done a project I know that I am the only one to blame for the success or the failure of the project. For me it is always so exciting when something finally works that even if I didn't want to get my hands dirty I would still do my own maintenance because the satisfaction would severly out weigh my aversion to getting my hands dirty.
A few months ago I realized that even just for small problems around the house, the average service call is $70 - $75. At prices like these I know that I can't afford to let someone else do the maintenance even if I wanted them to. Also, when someone else is working for you, you sadly have to question their integrity. Most people will do the work right and be fair, others however will try to take advantage of you and get you to buy things that you don't need, or take an extra long time on the project hoping that you wont notice so that they can pad their pockets a little more.
What do you think about doing your own maintenance? Please leave a comment below explaining your position. I would love to hear from you.