DIY repairs aren’t simply about your home maintenance. DIY repairs can cover many topics and can appear to be very simple. But are they? With all the DIY information around, do DIY repairs make sense in today’s world?
These days, the internet is filled with DIY blogs, videos and even influencers that all suggest that you pick up some tools and get renovating. Some of them even suggest that you do your own home repairs.
Everything from fixing roof tiles to repairing electronics equipment can be taught over the internet, and much of it is essentially free. However, we have to stop and ask ourselves; do DIY repairs make sense in today’s world?
Many people would answer with a resounding yes, but that might only be true for older generations.
DIY repairs have been grossly oversimplified
One of the biggest problems with DIY in today’s world is that the majority of that inspiration comes from online sources. It’s no longer about wanting to fix a wobbly table leg or a creaking chair. Nowadays, DIY has started to take root in the world of online influencers.
Statistics show that 78% of DIY inspiration comes from the internet. If you spend much time on YouTube or social media, you may have noticed many people posting videos and pictures of their personal projects and even offering guides.
Unfortunately, many of these oversimplify things.
Videos record an ideal situation. If a video says that you can fix something for $10, they probably skip out the fact you need tools, materials, knowledge and experience. All of those factors cost time and money in some sense. In reality, you could pick up the tools and materials required, but there’s no guarantee you’re going to get perfect results like the videos. This just leads to frustration, annoyance and wasted money.
DIY repairs can be dangerous
Thankfully, a lot of videos and influencers do give warnings about DIY. After all, the last thing they want is to be responsible for someone’s death because they forgot to warn them about safety measures when working with live electricity.
Tasks such as installing a hot water heater, deep plumbing and electrical-related DIY projects are all incredibly dangerous if you don’t have the right tools and knowledge. The more complex the problem is, the more likely you’re going to need a specialist. While a lot of DIY projects aren’t necessarily dangerous, they do introduce a lot of frustrations and needless problems that could affect the relationships, waste a lot of your time and even be demoralizing.
So is the DIY lifestyle dead?
Absolutely not. However, it’s important to realize that DIY isn’t as simple as picking up a hammer and a drill and getting to work.
We’re influenced more and more by the internet, a place where content is targeted specifically at our interests. People will post videos to get you to buy certain products and they’ll make it look very easy. It’s no different to what infomercials in the past were like. If you really want to pick up DIY, do it as a hobby and not a quick fix to dodge the need to hire a contractor. DIY can be incredibly rewarding, but it needs time and money investment that many people seem to ignore in today’s world.