Should You Find a Plumber or Try and Fix it Yourself?

Should You Find a Plumber or Try and Fix it Yourself?

Most of us have a pretty small budget immediately after the purchase of a new home.  Even while this may just be the house of your dreams you still have to keep costs affordable.  What problems are you able to postpone for a little bit and what ought to be repaired now?  When it comes to repairing or replacing the plumbing should you find a plumber or try and fix it yourself?

Before we list the pros and cons….if it is a huge job it is best to get a professional plumber involved.  Here is our favorite contractor for plumbing services in Centennial CO.

Listed here are the pros and cons:

Benefits of doing it yourself

It is a good idea if:

  1. You have some basic plumbing knowledge. While you may not be a real plumber you may be a “handy” person with no problem repairing stuff in your home, then you should fix it. Be very truthful with yourself about your skills in fixing the plumbing.  You do not want to make the problem a whole lot worse and even more costly.
  2. Your plumbing issue is quick and simple to repair. It is fairly simple to make the situation worse as opposed to better.  Substantial repairs require a plumbing company, but small things like replacing a faucet is okay for the average homeowner to try on their own.
  3. Get a plan B. You might end up with a flooded basement or bathroom if the problem is more serious than you first thought.  In the middle of a flood is absolutely not when you want to try and find out how to fix the plumbing.  Should you need it, have the name of a local plumbing company close at hand.

Disadvantages

Disadvantages of doing it yourself:

  1. In case you’re not certain if it might be fixed easily or the repairs needed are considerable. Serious repairs require a pro not a band aid solution.  Stuff like leaks need to be repaired immediately.  Structural problems and rotten wood happens if water leaks aren’t repaired, not to mention you can end up with mold and a very expensive problem to fix.
  2. The house is a fixer upper. Older houses that have not been adequately looked after usually need a lot of work, which includes updating the entire plumbing system.  This is too big a project to do all on your own, it needs a plumbing company.
  3. The cost the plumbing company is billing is rather low.  Let the professionals do the work in that case.

Doing it yourself may seem like a sensible way to save money on expensive plumbing repairs, but that isn’t going to be the case if you don’t know what you are doing.  Plumbing isn’t something you can learn from YouTube videos, call a licensed local plumber and save yourself the time, trouble and cost.

Choosing the Right Interior Paint Colors

Choosing the Right Interior Paint Colors

One of the quickest and easiest ways to give your home a facelift is with a new coat of paint, it can completely change the way you feel inside your home.  It is inexpensive and you can easily do it yourself.  Choosing the right interior paint colors is difficult, there are just so many choices! Here is a guide to help you pick colors for the various rooms in your house, whether you want something bold and beautiful or more warm and comforting.

Living Room Colors

There are three things you need to consider before choosing a paint color for the living room they are the color of your furniture, how much space you have and the amount of natural light in the room.  Brightly lit rooms can benefit from earth tones and slightly darker colors, darker rooms need a lighter color.  The same holds true for the space of the room, smaller rooms look bigger with lighter colors. The color on the walls should work with the color of your furniture, you can use an accent wall to highlight neutral color furniture.  Here is a guide to choosing living room colors.

Kitchen Colors

The kitchen can be bolder and can include colors like yellow and greens.  Green works really well with accent colors and blends well with wooden cabinetry.  If you go bright with the wall color then tone down the curtains and dish towel colors.

Bathroom Colors

Bathrooms are often the smallest room in the home and have little or no natural light at all.  You’re going to need lighter colors in the bathroom otherwise you will feel claustrophobic every time you go into the room.  You also want a color that works with the tiling that is in the bathroom.  Choosing something in the light grey or light blue palettes often work well in the bathroom.

Bedroom Colors

Lastly we come to the bedroom, it is a place where you need to be able to relax and unwind after a long day.  You may be tempted to put a bolder color on the bedroom walls but will bright orange help you fall asleep at the end of the day?  Probably not.  Bright colors work better in kids’ rooms or in a spare bedroom.  In your room it is best to choose color that helps you relax, there is actually a whole psychology behind color choice.  Soft blues, pale greens or warm earth tones will work really well in the bedroom.

There you have it, your guide to choosing the right paint colors for your home.  Now it is time to head to the paint store and grab your colors and start brightening up your home.