DIY or go PRO?

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Where should you save money and DIY and where should you splurge and go with a PRO?

Whether you consider yourself a master at home DIYs or prefer to leave repairs to the professionals, it’s always a good idea to know what projects are safe to tackle yourself and which will require an expert.

If you need to install large equipment/machines: PRO
You probably don’t need a professional to install a new microwave or toaster, but if you’re talking about a water heater or air conditioning system, you don’t want to end up spending more money in repairs—so hire the expert.

If you want to change the look of your fixtures: DIY
Updated doorknobs and cabinet handles may seem like no big deal, but they can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a room. The best part? New parts are relatively cheap, and installation time is minimal.

If it requires tampering with electricity: PRO
Even basic wiring can pose a potential threat if you aren’t an experienced electrician. If the task is as basic as installing a new light switch cover, go ahead and do it yourself. Otherwise, call in the professional.

If you need more space: DIY
Running out of room? Putting in a few more shelves or installing other kinds of wall storage is a great option for saving money and flexing your craftsman muscles—just be mindful of wiring in the walls!

If you need to dig: PRO
Basic mulching or adding stone to your garden is a simple project you should definitely do yourself to save money, but if your venture will involved digging around sensitive framework or pipes (like installing a pool), you’ll need someone with plenty of know-how to prevent potential catastrophe.

If you need to fill in the cracks: DIY
Weather and general wear and tear can do a number on our concrete or stone pathways. A bag of concrete at the hardware store is fairly inexpensive and easy to mix up for repairs you can make yourself without the distracting cement truck.