Doing things yourself can save money. However, it may not always be worth it. Let’s look at this further.
We have previously talked about the hidden expenses of having a house . However, in addition to these hidden expenses, there are other sources of expenditure, small or large repairs. Being able to solve these repairs can be a source of savings. Also a source of problems. This, moves to all areas, with the possibility of solving things for ourselves, instead of hiring professionals.
What is called DIY is becoming more and more fashionable, which, in the end, does not stop doing it yourself that our elders handled so well. At present, this fashion comes to tell us that, by taking care of certain tasks and arrangements ourselves, we not only use our leisure time better, we also save .
What is DIY fashion?
This is the initials of Do It Yourself , that is, do it for yourself. And it refers to the possibility of making small repairs at home, in the office, in the vehicle … In general, it would be about being able to resolve autonomously certain repairs or activities that would otherwise require professional intervention.
Obviously, if we think we are capable of resolving repairs without hiring a professional, the savings can be high. However, this is relative.
We all have certain boundaries for skill , but also for the use of our time. Perhaps, the time we spend on a given activity is time we lose from work, or leisure, and may not compensate for the savings it provides.
Where it is more common to get savings
Really, we could talk about any activity or need. It is about assessing whether we can do it, we can commission it from a third party.
Although, there may be many areas, the most common would be the following:
In the home
In an earlier article, we saw how to apply order and priorities to things, with the Konmari method, it could help us save. Applying that logic of things also here may be important for your pocket.,
And it is that here they range from basic issues, such as changing a light bulb, to complex issues such as renovations, house painting, and so on.
In the vehicles
It is probably the section where you have most noticed the return to try to do things for yourself. Today, there are many people who perform maintenance and spare parts on vehicles . This may be for the simple sake of mechanics, but it can also bring considerable savings. Think for example the change of vehicle oil, as we will see later.
It has become the other important focus of growth for DIY followers. So much for the questions related to the decoration of the home, as for gifts, and even, in some cases, oriented towards the sale in stores through Internet.
How much do you do it yourself?
If we were able to solve for ourselves all the demands that the three groups we have cited suppose, the savings would be spectacular.
However, we must be realistic. It is quite complicated to think of an ideal scenario in which we are able to maintain our rhythm of life, work, family, etc., and, at the same time, be able to solve all the problems that require intervention in these three areas.
It is therefore very difficult to really calculate the savings that can be assumed . For each person it will be different. Obviously, if we are able to change the oil and filters of our vehicle, we know that we can save around € 200. That is, there are issues that are easily quantifiable but the average is not.
When it is worth doing things for yourself?
If you have the time, knowledge and resources, you definitely do . The nuances begin when one of these three elements fails.
Imagine the reform of a kitchen . Consider, for example, the costs that a bad repair can entail, costs that can end up far above what a professional would have supposed to hire. Maybe we had time and resources, but, our knowledge was limited or, worse, we thought that with an Internet manual in hand we are able to do anything. And this is tremendously relative.
In general, the best advice is to do what we feel qualified for and then assess whether we have time and resources. Obviously, not having to hire a professional to do something that we know and can do us, is a saving to take into account.