Do It Yourself – Or Not

No one can deny the sense of accomplishment you get from doing something yourself, whether it’s finishing a craft you saw on Pinterest or fixing something in your home that was broken. That feeling you get when you’ve done it all on your own is pretty great, there’s no denying it, and there are plenty of times when it’s perfectly okay to start a project without calling in help. That cool homemade craft you saw on Pinterest? You can probably do that yourself, although “probably” is the key word there – some of those crafts are hard!


But there are other things that are probably best left to a professional or bought at the store, or they may end up costing you a lot of time and money that you didn’t need to spend. Here are just a few things that you should think twice before attempting yourself:


1.     Painting. And no, I’m not talking about those cute little canvases with inspirational quotes and fun designs that are all over Pinterest. Painting your house, however, is an entirely different story. It’s definitely possible to do it yourself, but there are lots of factors that most people don’t take the time to consider, like lighting or those parts of the walls that are hard to reach even with a ladder.

2.     Electrical work. Unless you’re properly trained in working with electrical equipment and wires, it’s definitely best to leave this to the professionals. A mistake here could seriously damage your home and potentially cause serious injuries, so definitely make sure you know what you’re doing if you’re attempting this on your own.

3.     Plumbing. Again, messing with this without knowing what you’re doing often ends up doing more harm than good, so it’s often best to call in a plumber if there’s a problem with your pipes or if you’ve got a leak somewhere. It may look easy to fix but it usually isn’t, so don’t be afraid to give the professionals a call.

4.     Fixing or modifying furniture. Painting a bench or reupholstering couch cushions are one thing, but when it comes to the structural part of your furniture, it might be time to call someone in. You don’t want that chair you worked on to collapse under you, do you? Those Pinterest posts can make it look easy, but if you’re not comfortable with the tools needed for the job, or just don’t really know what you’re doing, it’s probably best to take it to someone who has more experience.

5.     Any craft that needs a higher level of skill than you have. There’s something to be said for attempting a craft even if you aren’t sure it will work out – maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised and find a skill or an interest you didn’t know about before. But more often than not, attempting a craft that calls for a skill or a material you aren’t used to working with leads to frustration and lots of DIY fails. Don’t be afraid to read up and practice something if you really want to attempt that craft yourself, but don’t hesitate to just head to the store instead, either.


Doing it yourself is great, there’s no doubting that. But it’s important to recognize when we lack the skills, equipment, or time to accomplish a project on our own, and that sometimes it is actually easier to go to the store or call the professionals!