Do you fix simple repairs at home or call a professional to do it?
Doing simple repairs at home can save you money, for example: a simple repair that is easy to do like fixing a toilet.
I usually fix simple repairs at home if the repair doesn't cost more than $100. Sometimes, if I don't have the time to fix something, a professional is easier to deal with than the problem. Though, the word professional is a loose term. If you haven't used the company/technician before, their professionalism and work ethic might not impress you. All in all, if you have the ability, time, and cash to fix it yourself, I would take care of the problem without the help of an outside "professional".
I have tried many times over the years to "fix" the simple things in my home. Usually these simple repairs become more complicated, after I have been working on them, and a professional is needed most of the time. I have come to accept that I am not a handy man nor will I ever be confused with someone who has the ability to "fix" things. I was once described, by a close friend, as....."unhandy as a pocket in the back of a shirt"....I admire those who can do those tasks but for me a "simple repair" would almost qualify as an "oxymoron "
No I do all repairs myself unless it is something major like construction work in the house, brick work or installing a heating system! Home repairs is a learning process and like anything else you gain experience and confidence over the years through trial and error (trying to minimize the error!). If you have a technical flair it helps. In the days before the Internet, DIY books were a great source of info, but now there is a vast amount of information online on this topic.
Obviously doing simple repairs saves money as long as you don't mess up everything, cause damage and have to call a professional to rectify your mistakes. When dealing with electrics, safety is paramount to avoid shocks and fire, so you have to get it right all the time. Plumbing errors may lead to leaks or floods but no one will drown!
I do most of the work myself when i have the time. with a little research the saying "if you want it done right then do it yourself" works for me everytime.
Good idea and probably saves money, too. Repairmen charge a lot of money to fix things.
saving money is a bonus ... i've never looked at it from a savings point of view... i just enjoy the whole experience of attempting and successfully completing the task without prior knowledge... i get a sense of accomplishment out of every repair.
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