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Saving A Buck: To DIY or not to DIY?


“Do-It-Yourself” projects have become incredibly popular and for some, they’re a great  way to save a buck.

Sites like YouTube or even Google help so-called DIYers get the information they need to attempt all sorts of home projects on their own.

Erin Cornell and her husband have been working hard getting a duplex ready to rent. They are doing most of the work themselves.

It’s been a lot of work but something her husband is enjoying.

Erin said, “He loves to try new things. If he doesn’t know how, he Googles it and figures out how to do it.”

When it comes to do-it-yourself projects, Handymen R’ Us Owner Vic Vickers said research is key to doing it right.

He suggests getting books or videos on the subject to make sure you know what you’re getting in to.

A project that may take an expert a couple of days could take you a couple of weeks.

And be honest with yourself.

Vickers said, “I think they overestimate their capabilities.”

Projects like updating faucets and caulking windows and tubs are great for the novice.

Those a little more courageous may even try installing tile or changing an outlet.

Vickers said, “They probably should find the breaker first so they don’t get a good tingle.”

Another project you could consider doing yourself is changing out the knobs or the locks on your front door.

However, experts said if you are going to change out the entire door, you probably should hire someone.

Vickers said, “Many times we’ve gone in and you might say ‘clean up’ the project a homeowner started.”

Experts discourage DIYers from tackling a new roof or heating and air project themselves.

For the Cornells it was new windows they opted to pay for.

Erin said, “We could have done it ourselves but we wanted to make sure it was done right.”

She said doing projects themselves is worth more than the money they save.

Erin saif, “It’s truly rewarding to get your hands dirty and to say, ‘I did it myself.'”

Another thing to consider before tackling the project is what tools you will need.

Tools can be pretty expensive so if you don’t have them or can’t borrow them you might be better off hiring an expert.