To Fix Or Not To Fix – How To Tackle Household Issues
If you are a homeowner, you may have come across your fair share of issues in the past. We should probably start by saying that while you may have experienced a few issues already, please don’t be fooled into thinking they are now dealt with, and you will be issue-free from now on.
The truth is, as houses age, more and more things are going to go wrong, and you may start to find that just as you repair one problem, another may rear its ugly head, and before you know it, you will have a list of jobs as long as your arm to deal with.
Today, we are going to be taking a look at some of the jobs around the house you don’t need to pay somebody to deal with. We are also going to be taking a look at the jobs that will require a professional touch and why. But first, we are going to be looking at why you should consider extending your skills so you are primed to deal with some of the things that your house may throw your way.
It’s Time To Learn Some New Skills
Ok, so while there are some people out there who think that everybody surely must know basic DIY, you would be very wrong. The sad truth is that modern times have made us lazy, and now over half of the population has no clue about something as simple as changing a plug.
Taking this into account, we feel that now may be the best time for you to get out into the big wide world and maybe start to learn some basic DIY skills.
By gaining a few skills like changing a fuse, fixing a leak, or even repairing some brickwork, you will find that you will save yourself a fortune in the long run, and more than that, you will also gain a ton of satisfaction from the jobs you complete.
The most important part of learning to tackle these jobs by yourself is the amount of confidence you will gain.
By knowing that you can deal with jobs that you once thought were impossible to handle, you will soon discover that you feel more confident to tackle more complicated tasks as time goes on. The only thing you will need to remember is that some jobs are best left to a professional, no matter how confident you may become.
What Jobs Should You Not Do?
Well, when it comes to jobs you shouldn’t do, you should think logically. If it has a possibility of killing you, then you should possibly give it a wide berth. As a general rule, if a job requires any form of electrical work more than changing a plug, you should look for a qualified or emergency electrician.
While we understand that this can be expensive, it is one cost that you should never shy away from. The trouble with electrical work is that should you carry it out yourself, you may be breaking the law and in other cases, should you come to sell your home and not have a certificate for any work completed, you will need to get an electrician to come out, redo the work and provide a certificate anyway.
The same level of caution should also be paid to anything that involves gas. Any gas work should be done by a qualified professional because let’s face it if it isn’t, then things could go very badly wrong.
The world you should not carry out, unfortunately, doesn’t stop here. While the next thing we are going to look at may not be a requirement by law, it is important that you get a qualified professional to take care of it.
The final thing we are looking at is any job that takes place at height. Whether it’s a window cleaner or a roofer, trying to take care of these jobs by yourself can land you in more hot water than you may know. The problem with jobs like this is that most people do not realize that the moment you are up that ladder if you fall, you are getting a nasty medical bill.
Yes, we know that you think that your insurance will cover it. Unfortunately, the moment you climbed the ladder, you waved bye-bye to your insurance cover. Most people think they can deal with any task that involves working at height, but it will always be best to get in a professional to undertake these jobs.
The Jobs You Can Do
Now, we are going to start looking at the jobs you can do, and we are going to have to keep this down to a few because there are tonnes of jobs you can do yourself.
One of the most prominent jobs that people tend to pay somebody to do is come in to fix a leaking tap or something along those lines. Now, it often seems strange that many people will attempt to fit a new light socket, but they won’t try and repair a simple leak.
While we cannot get our heads around it, we are here to say, stop spending hundreds of dollars on tap repairs and get take on the repair yourself. Generally, a simple leak in a tap can be repaired in under 30 minutes, and you can find thousands of videos online on how to deal with a situation like this.
The video on the right will take you through a simple repair tutorial and show you just how easy it is to deal with a job like this.
When it comes to tasks you can do yourself, most plumbing jobs can be tackled by yourself, and if it requires some form of DIY, give it a go. If it doesn’t work, then start it again. Taking on jobs yourself is all about confidence and knowledge. Nowadays, you have access to piles of information, so there is no better time to give things a go and build your confidence.
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