DIY vs Using a Tradesperson
Most of us have done a little DIY here and there, but there comes a time when we all need to put down the wrench and pick up the phone to call out someone more experienced. When is that time though? When should you DIY and when should you get someone else to do it for you? Here, we look at the pros and cons of DIY and hiring a professional plumber.
DIY – Pros
- You could save money – On average, a plumber can cost upwards of £100 for a callout so, if it’s an easy job that you’re confident you’re capable of safely doing yourself, DIY could be your best bet.
- You can get the job done whenever you like – Doing work yourself means you can do it whenever you like rather than having to wait for someone to become available.
- You’ll learn a new skill – Undertaking a DIY project for the first time can be daunting but every completed job means a new set of skills and experience that you can use again in the future. No more calling out a plumber every time the sink gets blocked!
- You might enjoy it – Not only will you gain new skills, you might even gain a new hobby!
DIY – Cons
- It could cost you money in the long run – Whether you’re trying out DIY for the first time or the seventh time, a bodged job could end up costing you more money in repairs later. You’ll also need to factor in the cost of buying equipment and materials that you’ll only use once or twice.
- You might end up with shoddy results – Talking of bodged jobs, even if your DIY works just fine, it can be difficult to get the same high-quality results from a DIY job that you’d get from a professional. Are you sure you can get that pipe straight?
- You’ll use up your free time – DIY is time-consuming, especially if you’re working your way through something you’ve never done before.
- It can be stressful – The stress and pressure that comes with DIY can be a deal-breaker for lots of people. Ask yourself how you and your DIY partner would cope if you were in the middle of sweating a pipe and water started pouring all over the floor.
- It can be dangerous – Professional plumbers have to be gas certified for a reason – sometimes it’s not worth the risk of hurting yourself or installing a dodgy system that could cause serious problems down the line.
Hiring a Tradesperson – Pros
- You’ll get professional results – What might take you a day to figure out could be fixed in a couple of hours by someone who knows what they’re doing. Not only can a pro get the job done quickly, they can also get it done well, leaving you with a professional finish it might be hard to achieve on your own.
- They’ve got the tools to do the job – Do you have an adjustable wrench? Plumbing tape? A caulking gun? A professional tradesperson should already have access to all the tools they need, saving you money by default.
- You might enjoy trade discounts – Tradespeople get discounts on materials that regular folk don’t have access to if we’re DIY-ing.
- You could save time and money in the long run – Getting the job done by a professional should mean that it doesn’t need doing again for a long time, saving you money in the long run. You’ll also get to spend your free time doing whatever you like!
Hiring a Tradesperson – Cons
- It can be costly – Hiring a professional is usually expensive, so you’ll need to calculate what works out as most cost-effective in the long run.
- You’ll need to put up with someone else’s schedule – The best tradespeople are understandably in demand, and you might have to wait for them to have time to fit that new toilet or shower tray.
- You might need to project manage anyway – If you don’t use the best tradesperson (either to save money or because the best person wasn’t available) you might find that you still have to supervise and project manage, meaning so you won’t save any time.
- You might end up with a cowboy – It’s a worst-case scenario, but there is always a risk hiring someone else to do the job. Not only might a hired tradesperson not care as much about your home as you would, you might end up with someone who charges too much, leaves you with some dodgy-looking pipework, or never shows up for the job to begin with. However, this can be mitigated by using trusted workers or getting recommendations.
So whether you need to fix a running toilet, replace a shower head, or even install a brand new wet room, it is worth considering what parts you are confident to undertake and those that you would rather leave to a professional. Of course, if you do decide you need expert assistance, feel free to get in touch with Plumbmate today.