To Do or not to Do: Choosing DIY Projects that Fit Your Skills

To Do or not to Do: Choosing DIY Projects that Fit Your Skills


The popularity of DIY or do-it-yourself projects has grown over the years. That’s mainly because people are trying to cut down on costs and save some money. DIY success stories, easy access to DIY tools, merchandise and instructions, as well as home improvement reality TV shows, also encourage people to venture into these types of projects.


Most DIY ventures are simple and easy enough to be accomplished by just about anybody. But, there are also projects that are better off in the hands of experts. Amateurs should be careful in taking on tasks that may compromise safety when it poorly done or those that can ruin the appearance of valuable assets in one misstep, otherwise they may end up losing more money or placing themselves in an accident prone situation. Here are some examples of projects that require certain levels of expertise.

  • Remodeling of House Structures

    Home renovation projects that require you to tear down a wall or put up a new one require both wits and muscles. One wrong move in its demolition can bring the whole house down on top of your head, and the same thing can happen when one ends up with poorly built walls or posts. Knowledge about the building code requirements of the state is also needed or one may find himself rebuilding everything from scratch when the structures fail to meet the standards upon inspection of the proper authorities.

  • Electrical Installations and Repairs

    The building code also has provisions for electrical wiring installation and repair standards. There are even States that have explicit requirements of having these jobs strictly done by professionals only. But even without any prompting from the law, people should leave these tasks to experts. The consequences of improper wiring can range from short circuits, electrocution and even fire.

    To Do or not to Do: Choosing DIY Projects that Fit Your Skills

  • Tasks that require Technical Know-How

The consequences of poorly repaired electrical appliances is the same as that of faulty electrical wiring. Thus, it is practical to leave this job to trained electricians. Pest control and other activities that entail the handling of harmful chemicals or hazardous elements is another risky DIY undertaking. Any error in the formula mixture or an accidental spill may cause irreparable damage to one’s health or property.

  • Restoration, Repair or Maintenance of Valuable Assets

    Jewelries, family heirlooms, or any property that has sentimental value can be ruined. They could also be badly damaged when one lacks the expertise in handling it. Prized possessions are worth the care and attention of well trained hands.

  • Projects that are not within your level of expertise

    The success of a DIY project largely depends on one’s skill level. Knowing your capabilities and choosing tasks that are within the scope of your skills is one way to ensure the project’s accomplishment.

Taking on a DIY project is a great way to save on labor costs with the additional reward of self-accomplishment. But, it shouldn’t be done when safety and craftsmanship is at stake or when there are serious consequences involved. DIY is the best option when you know how to choose the right projects fitting your skills.


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9 Replies to “To Do or not to Do: Choosing DIY Projects that Fit Your Skills”

  1. it’s really important to make sure you keep within your skills… and hire a pro when it’s beyond what you can do.

  2. DIY for me is a trial and error thing. And I sometimes end up calling up a pro so as not to suffer the safety of my place.

  3. Great post! My husband and I definitely know our limitations but I have a friend whose husband does not – what a mess, lol! I’m sending her a link to this post.

  4. Im fairly good with DIY projects because I always followed my Grandpa around while he was doing his handyman/painter thing. My husband however…is a different story lol

  5. I do on occasion stetch my DIY skill sets, but not so much that if I get stuck I cannot either ask for help or find help.

  6. I hate to do it, and wish I wasn’t but I am good at painting. I have painted so many rooms its not even funny, I should charge lol. I just got done painting my daughters bedroom with the Monster High theme 🙂

  7. I finally realized, after a couple of disasters, that DIY beyond basic painting is not my area of expertise! I really depend on great people do things for me, and I have been lucky to find a few.

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