When to Ditch DIY and Call the Professionals

When to Ditch DIY and Call the Professionals

The society in which we currently live is all about the DIY. Thanks to sites like Pinterest, Google, and Youtube, any Average Joe can transform into Handyman Stan with just the click of a link. This might be perfectly acceptable when talking about DIY holiday decorations or DIY tie-dye, but there are plenty of scenarios in which hopping online to find a DIY solution isn’t a smart move to make. Believe it or not, watching that how-to video on Youtube about electrical wiring didn’t qualify you to be the one to fix your broken microwave or install that new canned lighting in the kitchen.

You might think that you’re saving money by doing it yourself, or maybe you just want to prove that you’re Superman. In actuality, if you don’t know when to just call in the professionals, you might turn into Wreck-It-Ralph and possibly do something that will cost more in damage than it would’ve been to bring in someone who knew what they were doing.

Here are some tips on how to know when to call in the professionals.

When Death Is On the Line

This might seem like a no-brainer, but take some advice from Vizzini, of The Princess Bride. You’re probably not rescuing your long lost lover from the horrible fate of marrying the evil Prince Humperdink. You probably aren’t as smart as Wesley, nor are you as lucky. It is a fact that you aren’t living in a movie. With that being said…if there is ever a time where a DYI project could put your life at stake, call in the professionals.

When You Have Other Pressing Social Responsibilities

Often enough, DIY projects can be extremely time consuming. When you take into account the time you’ll have to spend researching your DIY project, gathering the appropriate tools, and actually carrying out the project, there’s a lot more on the line than you originally thought. Sometimes things turn out to be far worse than you realized. Understand that your time and effort will in many cases, be better spent hanging out with your family, or attending that social gathering.

When You’ve Tried and Failed

If anything, you know it’s time to call in the professionals when you’ve tried and tried again, and still had no success. Don’t be ashamed to admit that you can’t do something. If you’re ever trying to accomplish something for the sake of impressing someone else or proving a point, just know that your value doesn’t lie in your abilities. Don’t beat yourself up upon the arrival of failure. Know your strengths, and focus on making yourself a pro in the areas that you were born to excel in. Otherwise, leave it to someone else. Your life just might be saved by that decision.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.