Benefits of DIY
In my late 20s, I had a ramshackle house and an income just slightly above the poverty line. DIY was my only option. Luckily, I had some basic skills and a burning desire to know more. So I spent evenings and weekends turning that dump into a home, tackling bigger and bigger projects, learning as I went. Repairing and improving that house myself—instead of hiring or moving—helped to fatten my wallet over the decades. Today, I could do what most homeowners do: pay pros for repairs and improvements. But I don’t. Here are 10 reasons why I still prefer to DIY. — Gary Wentz, Family Handyman Editor-In-Chief
So why is DIY good for you?
- Satisfaction: I love to look at a completed project and think “I did that!”
- Education: Thanks to podcasts, I can learn about any topic while I install a faucet.
- Justify Tools: Everyone loves another reason to “invest” in tools.
- Fun: DIY is like a sport, complete with struggles, frustrations and victories.
- Excuses: Nope, can’t make it to the party. Gotta fix the furnace.
- No hiring hassles: DIY eliminates phone calls, estimates, scheduling and rescheduling.
- Saving money: As the cost of hiring a pro increases, so do the DIY savings.
- Quality work: When I DIY, I know it’s done right. (Well, usually.)
- Splurge-ability: Saving on labor frees up cash for high-end materials or appliances.
- Exercise: I sit at a desk most days. An evening of physical work feels great.
There’s a real learning curve on the path to DIY mastery, and it comes complete with peaks, valleys and plateaus. The advantages of DIY are if you improve your DIY skills, your DIY projects will go a lot smoother, you’ll broaden your knowledge base and connect with other DIY enthusiasts. Here are 12 tips that will help you have better DIY skills. No matter where you are on your DIY journey, there’s something here for you.