Some people love DIY and they’re ready to grab the tools whenever there’s a problem, but most of us would prefer to just get somebody in to do it for us. The problem is, that’s costing you a load of money and if it’s only something small, there’s no need to be paying for it. Even if you hate doing DIY, there are some jobs you should learn to do yourself.
Blocked drains are a nightmare, you’ll get stinky water overflowing all over the place and the sinks won’t drain properly. It’s not a problem you can leave but if you call somebody in to do it for you, you’ll end up paying somewhere in the region of £85 for a relatively simple job. If you want to do it yourself, you can buy a set of drain rods for about £15, it’s a no-brainer really. However, be aware that unblocking your drains takes a bit more skill than you’d realize so read this guide to using drain rods to unblock drains before you get started. If you’ve got a cheap set of rods that screw together, they can easily come undone and you’ll lose them down there. If you get a rod stuck down there, you’ll have to call a plumber anyway and probably pay them more than the cost of just unblocking the drains in the first place.
The only reason that people hire painters is to save themselves the hassle of doing it themselves, it’s not a difficult job and anybody can do it so next time you’re redecorating the living room, don’t bother calling the decorators. The first thing to do is prepare the walls for painting, that just means sanding them down to remove any lumps and bumps and then washing them down with a sugar soap solution that you can buy cheap at any DIY shop. Once they’re dried, you’re ready to start painting. Rollers are pretty self-explanatory but you might have a little more trouble cutting in (painting the lines against the ceiling and skirting board) but as long as you take it slow and have a steady hand, you’ll be fine. Always make sure you’re buying decent quality paint and you should only need 2 coats, sometimes 3 if the colour underneath is still showing through.
It’s never a good idea to go messing around with the plumbing too much, otherwise, you’ll end up with a flooded house. But there are some small plumbing jobs that you should be able to do yourself pretty easily. Fixing a leaking tap is simple and there’s no need to pay for a plumber to do it for you. 9 times out of 10, it’s just because the washer has gone. If you unscrew the top of the tap, you’ll see a small black rubber washer, just take it to a DIY shop and they’ll find you a new one. Replace it and it should be good as new.
Advanced DIY is never a good idea to do yourself because you’ll probably do more harm than good but you should do these basic jobs yourself, you’ll save a lot of money. Please note, this is a collaborated post. Thanks for reading.