The ability to do your own home repairs will depend on your skill level, the time you have available, and the types of repairs that your home needs. Many people can do touch up painting or clear a blocked dryer vent or install new blinds, but fewer people can upgrade wiring or install new flooring. If you don’t have the necessary skills, it can be far less expensive to hire a professional. My plumber always jokes that people doing their repairs badly makes up a significant portion of his business.
To evaluate the cost of doing your own repairs, take into account your time. Keep in mind that repairs always take longer than you expect. Add to that supplies or tool rentals, as well as fees for hauling or dumping along with any necessary permits or inspections.
Organize your repair work the way that you would organize any other task:
Once the task is organized, you’re ready to begin. make sure you plan a nice lunch and a little reward for when you finish.
If you’d like to expand your ability to complete home repairs, consider taking a course. Many home improvement stores offer free or low-cost classes that deal with specific repairs. Your county or local community college may offer more comprehensive classes. Learning a new skill is always good.