DIY: painting, small nail hole filling.
Call a Handyman: for larger holes, cracks in the plaster/skim coat.
Small drywall damage is easier to do well . The larger the area you have to patch, the more room there is for little inconsistencies to begin to look like big problems. Qualified, trained, and insured handyman technicians can be trusted to know how to make the repairs look good as new.
DIY: small, simple pieces of furniture from Ikea with minimal instructions that do not need to be installed or hung.
Call a Handyman: for complex, heavy furniture assemblies that need to be installed or hung on a wall. Large medicine cabinets, beds with built-in drawers, dressers and chests, bookshelves with doors or glass features.
DIY Furniture assembly is what Ikea is all about; but not everyone is cut out to put together an integrated entertainment unit or patio set. Professional handyman technicians can assemble your furniture fast, and know the hazards to look out for, like missing pieces, missing steps, or pieces that aren’t fitting as snugly or securely as they should be.
DIY: Simple bookshelves (like the Billy bookcases from Ikea)
Call a Handyman: wall-mounted shelves, large bookcases with complex features (doors, built-in drawers).
Shelving needs to be strong and secured well. A wobbly and loose shelf not only poses a hazard to your precious belongings, but also to your family. The heavier a shelf is, the more important it is that you have a professional assemble it, and install it.
When should you try to solve a home issue yourself, and when is it time to save your frustration and call a handyman?
In this age of DIY weddings, decorating, and haircuts, it’s natural for you to make your own home improvements. But your home repairs may become home disasters if you try to bite off more than you can chew.
Don’t risk serious damage to your home — or injury to your person –by trying to learn too much too soon.
Here are 5 situations in which you might want to save your time, your sanity, and your thumbs, and call a handyman professional.