Home Gadget Dilemma: DIY Or Professional Help?

68% of US citizens are homeowners. Owning a home is something that many people aspire to do in their lifetime. It comes with many pleasures, including:

  • Being able to choose when to decorate.
  • Investing in something that could increase in value.
  • Owning the roof over your head.
  • Providing a home for your family.
  • Having the option of extending.
  • Enjoying the control owning a home gives you in comparison to renting, which gives all the power to the landlord.

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Owning a home certainly has its plus points, but it also has some downsides too. You still have to pay bills and furnish the house. You also have to do maintenance, lots of maintenance in fact. Because this house is now your responsibility, not the landlords. So anything that goes wrong is up to you to fix. This might seem daunting, but with the right approach, you can easily complete a lot of your jobs yourself. There’s also plenty of experts you can call to help get certain jobs done properly.

The question is, when do you DIY and when do you call a professional? Getting a professional in costs money, takes time and organisation. Doing it yourself saves money, gives you more control but according to statistics, more accidents happen at home than anywhere else and a massive 6,000 deaths a year are caused by accidents at home. A big portion of those incidents happen while DIY is being done. It is worth nothing that DIY isn’t always guaranteed to work. An overambitious DIYer can cause all kinds of damage, like the man in this Youtube Video who’s clearly in over his head with a simple bathroom plumbing job. This careful consideration especially applies to gadgets and tech. The things you spend the most money on in the house. Thousands and thousands of pounds go into purchasing technology every single year, as well as the money spend every month to keep it all going. You might be able to cope with a missing tile or a leaky sink for a few days, but how long could you last without the internet? Or without your phone? Before you go about attempting a DIY job on your broken gadgets, consider the following:

Will You Hurt Yourself?

This should be your most important question because nothing is more important than your safety. 26% of US homeowners have injured themselves doing DIY. Think about what an injury could cost you. You might hurt yourself and at the very least delay getting your gadget fixed for a while. You could also end up causing yourself an injury with lasting health consequences that affect you for life. Then there are your medical bills to consider, and the time off work you will need which will cost you a lot of money. Any dependents on you will need alternative care, and shared workload will fall to your partner or other family members. Of course, it is also worth mentioning that the worst possible accident could be fatal. Messing around with things like electrics or dangerous tools could have serious consequences.

Could You Hurt Other People?

Obviously, you would never inflict injury on your family on purpose, but a bad DIY job could put them in danger. For example: mounting a TV on the wall incorrectly could be really bad news for anyone underneath it when it falls down. Hashing together a PC tower badly could result in an electrocution if the wiring is done badly. Gadgets are safe when they get to you and have been designed to stay safe if used as directed. If you start adjusting the wires, electronics or usage of the gadget, you could cause it to become unsafe.

Could You Damage Your Home?

It may be that you damage your house when you’re actually trying to improve it. It isn’t that hard to break something beyond repair to the point where it will cost you more to get it fixed by a professional than if you had called them to do the job in the first place. This applies to all kinds of jobs, including applying DIY to technology. It is especially true in today’s world where technology is integrated into the home and will keep becoming more integrated into the home. Just take a look at the future of integrated home technology in this Washington Post article, it is likely beyond our awareness as to exactly how homes will look in the future. But for now, think very carefully about attempting to DIY integrating smart tech into your home, if it risks damaging your home and causing you an unnecessary headache.

Could You Cause Upset?

We depend on technology so much, that the upset from a bad DIY fix could cause a lot of drama and potential additional costs of repairs that would be unavoidable by using a professional company such as FloridaPro who specialise in Mac repairs for example. Cutting off the internet would likely feel worse than cutting off the water to the modern family. Even one broken phone could cause a problem for teenagers or adults who are always on it. Think very carefully about the upset it would cause your family for different types of technology to be out of action for a few hours, days or even weeks.

Do You Have The Time To DIY?

At the end of the day, doing it yourself will take more time and effort than getting a professional to do the job. Even if you have the skills to fix the gadget or technology you have, you might not have the time to do the job. Think about the amount of money the job will cost if you hire a contractor, and how that compares with the time and effort you will have to go to if you do the job yourself. Sometimes it is worth paying more for the extra convenience.

Is DIY Actually Cheaper?

Sometimes DIY is a lot cheaper, and if you are on a tight budget, it pays to watch those YouTube videos, read those tutorials and give the job a go yourself. However, sometimes the cost of doing it yourself is around the same as hiring somebody, especially if you have friends or family who can provide a cheaper rate.

Nobody can say whether DIY or professional contractor hire is the best option for your technology project. Think carefully about the time, effort, safety and money involved in the technology project and whether doing it DIY style or hiring somebody to do the job is the best option. Your choice will ultimately impact your family and the home they live in, so it is worth taking the time to make an informed choice.

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