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When should I call a handyman?

We all heard it. Teachers and parents alike told us that we could be “whatever we wanted” when we grew up. And we’ve loved telling our kids the very same.

And yeah, it’s true. We’re empowered to be and do whatever we set our minds to. But how many hours of experience is required to get some of those whims up to scratch?

When it comes to home maintenance and local handyman projects, just because we can try something doesn’t mean we should—or that we even want to.


Your home is not only an investment, but it’s filled with layers of significance. Any number of leaks, or broken windows, or dust-filled ducts can affect the return on enjoyment you get out of your home every day that you’re in it.

There will always be a DIY solution for lots of issues, but you don’t always have the time—even where you’d like to think that you really could figure out the mechanics of the problem.

And you definitely don’t have the time to figure out something more serious if a fix goes wrong.

Before taking on any DIY project, be prepared to ask yourself (and answer honestly) the following questions:

  1. What’s the worst that could happen?
  2. What’s the price difference between DIY and calling a professional?
  3. Do you have a nearby handyman you like? Or think you know where to find one?
  4. How much do you value your time?
  5. Do you need a building permit?

Thanks to the power of Googling “to fix…” for everything, there are literally millions of tutorials all around the web. YouTube is the main platform to look every DIY recipe up. And sometimes, these things might be easy…but sometimes, they’re not. So, what’s the balance? With your honest answers to the questions above, you’ll know when you should call your local handyman.

Do you have any Shiloh or O’Fallon-based, local DIY horror stories you want to share? Let us know! Leave us a message or a comment on Facebook.