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What maintanence / repair jobs to you consider it a must to hire out?

  1. Rose Mari profile image68
    Rose Mariposted 7 years ago

    Yard work?
    Window cleaning?
    Laundry service?

    1. DonnaCSmith profile image88
      DonnaCSmithposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      all of the above - except laundry.

      1. Rose Mari profile image68
        Rose Mariposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Really? I have hired out painting before - when it is a big job. Auto work usually gets hired out unless it is super easy. Most other stuff we tend to do ourselves tho!

    2. JohnBarret profile image61
      JohnBarretposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Without Electric works or plumbing no one could live happily in life.
      So, I think
      1. Electric and/or plumbing
      and the rest are also good job opportunities.

      @Rose, yes you can do a little electric or plumbing but for really big works a licensed person is required.

  2. LSKing profile image78
    LSKingposted 7 years ago

    Cars and Plumbing.... especially plumbing!

    1. Druid Dude profile image59
      Druid Dudeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Colonoscopy. Doing it yourself is a blast, put for REALLY good pictures, extra hands are needed! smile

      1. Rose Mari profile image68
        Rose Mariposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        ROFLOL! wink

  3. wilderness profile image98
    wildernessposted 7 years ago

    I have found it necessary to hire someone to work on the air conditioner compressor at home.  Other than that, I've never had a repairman at the house, and have the car in the garage for work only once in 40 years.

    1. Rose Mari profile image68
      Rose Mariposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! Knock on wood, that is some good luck you have going!

  4. timorous profile image86
    timorousposted 7 years ago

    It depends how skilled and knowledgeable you are with any of these jobs. Laundry, painting and yard work are all fairly easy to deal with (although painting requires a certain amount of skill and attention to detail to get a 'professional' result).

    In some cases it may be dangerous to attempt to do extensive repairs or upgrading, unless you do have the proper training and tools.

    You just have to admit your limitations, and not be foolish.

    Safety first, boys and girls... big_smile

  5. Pcunix profile image92
    Pcunixposted 7 years ago

    Depends. Sometimes I do it myself, but I am not "handy" so it can take its toll on me from the stress. Usually easier to just pay somebody unless it is very simple.   Yard work and windows I do, though not mowing or leaf raking (included in our monthly fees).

    I used to do most auto work, but it's too complicated now.

  6. Beth100 profile image73
    Beth100posted 7 years ago

    Road building (seriously!)
    Gas plumbing
    Tree pruning (my trees are over 60' tall, and I'm not about to climb that high!)
    Auto maintenance
    Ceramic tiling

    ah, just what I'm not good at or when I don't have the equipment (like the steam shovel....) smile

  7. brimancandy profile image78
    brimancandyposted 7 years ago

    electric, plumbing, and auto repair would be normal things that I would rather have a professional take care of.

    I would think if I need serious work done on a house, such as fixing a roof, checking for mold, or, if the house is up to code. I would want someone who knows what they are doing working on that.

    I can do some of the other stuff you mentioned myself. I always do my own laundry. I wouldn't trust a stranger with my underwear. LOL!!!

    1. Druid Dude profile image59
      Druid Dudeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Breast implants. Definitely, breast implants.

  8. ahomeser profile image51
    ahomeserposted 7 years ago

    Yeah, would think that a home Boob job would have some risk involved!

        I run a Handyman service in South Africa and can assure you that I just love the D.I.Y. homeowners.

        By the time they are finished screwing up the jobs they were trying to save money on... I really start enjoying myself.

        In the first place, contractors get discounts of up to 30% on the purchase of materials where you as a homeowner will pay the piper full price.

        Contractors know which materials to use and know how to estimate quantities.

        Furthermore, the shops whom you ask for advice, know very well that you are probably a moron and they take advantage of you in your blissful ignorance.

        It's a win, win situation for the shop as well as the contractor!

        Do your plumbing, electrical and car maintenance yourself! We love it...

    Ronny Moore for A1 Home Services.