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3 Reasons Why You Should Undertake DIY Home Projects

Posted by MoneyKey on July 17, 2019
DIY home projects

Yesterday, we spoke about instances where you shouldn’t undertake DIY home projects, and while we do think that you need to be strategic about when and how you go about making or doing things yourself, if you go about it the right way you may be able to save some money! With all of the videos and tutorials available online, if you do your research, have the right tools – or know where to get them for cheap (or free) – and have the time to do it, DIY home projects may very well be within your grasp. We’re going to go over three of the main reasons why it might be smart to do it yourself:

  • You’re actually saving money
  • You’ll enjoy the project and it’s manageable
  • You want to make something custom or from the heart

While there are to be careful of when you’re undertaking any DIY home projects, there are still some great reasons to do them.

1. It can actually save you money

When you’re living on a tight budget, you might be looking for ways to save money wherever you can. This may be one of the things that leads people to DIY home projects in the first place. But if your goal is to save money, you’ll need to make sure that doing it yourself is actually accomplishing your goal.

making certain cleaning products can be great DIY home projects

For example, certain cleaning products – like dish detergent – are probably safer to buy from the store, but there are still plenty of cleaning DIYs that are very effective and are cheaper than household cleaning products you would buy from a store. Distilled white vinegar is one of the best examples of this. It can be used for:

  • Cleaning your house. You can use a mix of vinegar with baking soda and lemon to clean all sorts of things around your house, including your toilet and your windows.
  • Ward off the frost from your windshields. Coat your windshields with three parts vinegar to one part water the night before.
  • Freshen your air. Mix a tablespoon of vinegar with one teaspoon of baking soda and two cups of water, and put it in a spray bottle. This is a great alternative to air fresheners like Febreeze which are full of harmful chemicals.
  • Clean away water rings on wood. Mix equal parts olive oil and vinegar, rub it into the wood, and then wipe it away with a clean cloth.

When you’re trying to determine if your DIY home projects will actually save you money, list out what all the materials will cost and figure out how much time it’ll take you to complete the project. You can then compare that with how much it would cost to buy or hire a professional. If you’re actually saving money and aren’t going to end up with a poor quality product, it might be worth it to do it yourself.

2. You’ll enjoy the project and it’s manageable

DIY home projects may be able to save you money, but they can also be very hard work. And sometimes, the time, money, and effort you need to sink into a project can cause more stress than it’s worth. But if you’ve got the necessary skills, materials, and time to sink into your project, it might make sense to go for it on your own.

For example, for someone who has no sewing skills, creating a costume for Halloween might be more time and effort than it’s worth. But if you have the necessary sewing skills, a sewing machine, whatever fabrics and material you need, and you actually enjoy sewing, then it’s likely worth it to make something yourself. Plus, you might get some extra satisfaction in knowing that your hard work went into your costume.

home DIY projects to make costumes are great if you have the skills and materials

There also might be times when your DIY home projects are easy enough that you don’t necessarily need to have a well-developed set of skills or experience to do them yourself and end up with a great end result. All you might need to do is read some blog articles on the project you’re trying to complete, or visit sites like This Old House or DIY Network to learn more. With the right instructions and maybe a few tutorial videos in hand, you might be able to successfully take on a task that you’ve never done before.

 Also, if you actually enjoy the process of creating something yourself and you don’t think it’ll add any stress to your life, it might be a good idea to make it yourself. Some people aren’t even drawn to DIY home projects because it can save them a few extra dollars, and instead do it because they love the challenge and process of making something on their own.

So, whether these DIY home projects are saving you money or not, going down this road to express your creativity can still be a good reason to go for it.

3. You want to make something custom and from the heart

As we’ve mentioned, there are times when DIY projects won’t necessarily save you any money and can even cost more than if you were to buy that item at a store. But sometimes you may want to make something that isn’t available in stores.

DIY gift baskets

For example, maybe you have a big anniversary coming up and you want to get your significant other something special. But this time, you want to give them something that’s heartfelt and very specific to them. This might be the perfect occasion to make something on your own that commemorates your relationship. You could:

  • Make DIY gift baskets. Head to the thrift store or dollar store and get a basket if you don’t have one lying around the house. Either fill it with your partner’s favorite gifts, or put together some homemade gifts to fill it with.
  • Make a personalized night sky map. Pick a night that was important in your relationship, like the day you met or your first date. Then, research how the stars were aligned on that night and what phase the moon was in and make a piece of art based on those elements. You can also have these made for you or like at these examples for inspiration.

Sometimes, the thing that makes a something special is just the fact that it’s homemade and made with love. This can a good enough justification for your DIY home projects.

Consider whether DIY home projects are right for you

At the end of the day, there are plenty of reasons for why you should or shouldn’t tackle DIY home projects. And these reasons extend beyond whether a making something yourself will save you money or not.

If you’re looking to make a heartfelt gift for someone, want to save some money, and the process won’t stress you out, then making something yourself instead of hiring someone to do it for you or buying something pre-made at a store can be great idea. Next time you’re considering it, consider all the potential pros and cons and make the best decision for you!

Have you done any DIY home projects that you love? 

 

Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and does not constitute financial, legal or other professional advice. For full details, see MoneyKey's Terms of Use.

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