I am and have always been a DIY man. I thrive off of achieving and learning new skills and I have certainly noticed in recent years, DIY has surged in popularity. I put this down to online tutorials, guide books, and do-it-yourself videos, therefore it has never been easier to upgrade both your home and your DIY skills.


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Why exactly, though, are DIY jobs this popular? Why do people prefer to swing the hammer themselves rather than hire a professional contractor? After all, if you get a professional in, you don’t have to worry about anything and ‘waste’ any of your time. All you need to do is tell the contractor what you want and everything is taken care of. So why take the DIY route? What are the benefits? Being a DIY Man myself i can certainly think of a few;


Save Plenty of Money


The majority of people choose to do the menial home improvement jobs themselves simply because it saves them money. When I was younger and had just purchased my first home, this was the main reason I started DIYing. When you’re in the middle of a home renovation (or even if you’re not) you are constantly looking for ways and means to save money whenever and wherever you can. While a good place to start is opting for more affordable hardware and furniture such as cheap door handles, DIY can be another perfect way to save some of your pretty pennies.


So when there is a choice between changing the door locks yourself for free and paying a professional to come in and do it for you, if you’re tightening your budget it is advisable to choose the former, as DIY jobs are, for the most part, the wiser and more economical choice.


Given, of course, that you have researched how to do the job properly. From past experience, I can say that fitting a lock incorrectly or doing most DIY jobs incorrectly will most likely end up costing you more money than you had planned, as fixing a botched DIY job is no easy task. So know your abilities and limitations before you decide to Do It Yourself.


Gain a Sense of Freedom


With DIY jobs, you are the boss. You are in control of how to do it or when to do it. You don’t need to explain anything to anyone, you don’t need to justify any of your choices and decisions, and you won’t ever be bullied into changing your mind. Your job, your decision.


Over the years I have learnt that it is always a good idea to make all the decisions regarding your home renovation in advance, as this will save you a future headache and also avoid any delays further down the line. That said, there is always a realistic chance that half-way through a job, you or your partner might change the door furniture choices and for opt for a different design or finish. With DIY, this poses no problem at all, since you don’t have to explain yourself to anyone and endure angry looks or heavy sighs from your contractor.


Meet New People


A lot of people might not be aware of this, but one of the most rewarding advantages of DIY is how easy it is to meet fascinating and new people when you enter the world of do-it-yourself. We at e-hardware know first hand that DIYers have a strong and close community that is incredibly welcoming and allows you to make like-minded friends. Additionally, those communities are also a great way to learn new things, exchange tips and tricks, and generally improve your home renovation skills.


The Feeling of Accomplishment


In my opinion, there are fewer things as rewarding as doing something with your own two hands and creating something out of nothing. In these modern times, life is largely spent running from A to B. At the end of it all, we have little time left to stop and appreciate what we have been given.


DIY, however, achieves exactly that which is why I have come to love completing and starting projects. The sense of achievement and satisfaction you experience when building your own garden shed, cutting board or anything else is unparalleled. During those hours there are no deadlines, bills, or any other troubles. All that matters is you and your skills.

No one is born a perfect DIYer, though. It takes a lot of practice and guidance. If you have a question about fitting any of our products yourself or any doubts, don’t hesitate to send us an email or call us on 01206 213499.