Whether it’s gutter repair Ringwood or burst pipes in Montrose, we’ve seen our fair share of major household and plumbing repairs requiring the experience and knowledge of a trained, veteran plumber who knows what their doing and can get the job done effectively and efficiently.

That said, there are certainly more than a few cases where a household repair doesn’t require calling in the experts and can be handled by someone with a little bit of experience and access to the right toolkit. The problem, at least in our experience, is often homeowners and even those leasing and renting may not be sure when it’s time to call a professional or when you can go DIY on a minor household repair.

It’s important to understand the difference, because not knowing when to call a pro and when to DIY can mean the difference between a tricky household repair and a major disaster that just ends up costing you more money, time, and heartache in the long run. To make sure you know when it’s time to get out the phone or the hammer, we’ve put together this handy guide.

When to DIY & When to Get a Pro
There’s a few key considerations to take into account when you’re deciding on how to handle a household job. Let’s go through them quickly here:

Job complexity
Manpower
Tools required
Household impact

If the job you’re dealing with is one of relatively low complexity or reasonably complex to the layman but you know what you’re doing, such as a leaky faucet, you can safely handle that one solo. The same applies if it’s a job that doesn’t require a whole lot of manpower. However, if you’re unsure of yourself, the job looks to be affecting a part of the home you don’t know much about, or it looks like the job can’t be handled on your lonesome, you’re better off opting for a licensed professional with some training and experience.

You may be proud of your home toolkit and you may even have a few power tools sitting around the garage. If it looks like your DIY toolkit and cordless drill can handle the job, you may be right going it alone, but consider whether the job looks like it requires something specialized or something that comes at a higher price point than your standard screwdriver set.

It is possible to rent more complicated, specialized equipment, but you really need to know what you’re doing when you plug it in. Part of the convenience of getting a qualified trades person is they’ll already have their own equipment and will know how to use it.

Finally, you have to consider the potential impact the issue and the repairs will have on your home, especially if the repairs are mishandled. If you’re unsure of what you’re doing, what could be a relatively easy and affordable job for a professional could turn into something much more serious. In some cases, an issue with your plumbing could turn into something that significantly impact the structural integrity of your home.

Take the above into account and carefully consider whether your next household job is worth calling the pros or going it alone.