If you're looking to save money, a quick DIY fix-it may seem like the right answer. Doing something yourself rather than paying someone to do it — how hard can it be? Plus, time and time again we hear about the benefits of cutting back and saving — if only a little bit. And sure, making a cup of coffee at home is easy. But not all DIY is so simple — and we shouldn't act like reclaiming something you find at a thrift shop is going to save you an easy 100 bucks, leaving you with paint on your overalls and a smile. DIY can be the worst.
If your relationship has ever teetered on the brink of trying to put together a sofa, you'll know what I'm talking about. My girlfriend and I painted our flat together and I have never seen disappointment like the look in her eye when she saw how messy my edges were. Sometimes, DIY is just not worth it.
But how much can you actually save trying to DIY? It really depends. Some fixes are easy but may only save you a few bucks — like making your own cleaning solutions. But stick-on wallpaper can save you a bomb on professional painting costs. It all comes down to the costs and whether or not it's worth the hassle. Here are the DIY pros and cons to consider.
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