By Matt - Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Your contractor just charged you $100 per hour to… [insert easy task here]
Have you ever run into that before? I know I have on more than one occasion.
One of the best ways to save money on a task or service is to do it yourself. You could pay a house cleaner to clean your place once a week or you can do it yourself; one costs you money the other costs you a bit of time. If you’re rolling in the money then lets be honest it doesn’t matter one bit. But chances are you’re not rolling in the money.
Doing things yourself (DIY) is an easy way to save yourself a ton of money. There are a lot of things that most people would back away from and call in an expert when they really don’t need to. Doing something yourself doesn’t mean it needs to be hard nor in many cases does it have to have someone with 10 years experience.
I wanted to give you an example of this: we’ve done a few renovations I’ve had some chances to DIY some of it. In most cases this involved tearing out walls in order to fix a room or a whole floor. The first DIY piece that I took on in almost every case is the demolition; not everyone can do demo but most people can and you can save yourself lots of money. Next on the list is Drywall – this one was a bit harder and I completely fucked a few things up and spent hours fixing them but I learnt and pretty much from the first attempt I saved money, literally thousands of dollars for each renovation. The best part is that I now save money on every reno involving drywall.
Now these examples are tied my house renos because that is something I’ve been working on recently. This is simply an example doing something yourself can be as simple as painting a room, steam cleaning your own carpet, washing your windows and the list can really go on and on.
Before you really have a chance to object to this thinking you don’t need to be an expert to do something yourself. I wouldn’t suggest rewiring your house or rebuilding your car’s engine on day one. But there are a lot of things that you can do with either a little research and patience that can save you thousands.
You can save yourself tons of money by doing things yourself and if you’re scared of messing up take heart that the you probably can’t mess it up that badly and if you can you can still bring the pro in. Do your homework and save yourself some money.
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