In this DIY age, we take pride in our ability to do it our self. But at some point, DIY becomes counterproductive and begs for a different solution. What is the #1 way to time and money? Hire a professional!
The DIY dilemma seems to raise its ugly head in many situations…business, ministry, and on the personal level. After I recent move, I had to decide if it was worth my time, effort, and money to single-handedly attack the organization of my new home. Should I recruit professional help for the daunting task of decorating, organizing, and purchasing furniture or wing it on my own?
Three weeks into this project, I was exhausted and my energy level was low. I became open to professional help and it came through two different sources.
The first professional was free! She was the custom drapery designer at a local department store. Lisa spent almost three hours with me choosing drapes, rugs, curtain rods and designed my entire family room and kitchen area. Plus, she found an additional 20% off the already low sale price. What a bargain!
My next experience for opting for professional help came after purchasing a desk and five bookcases at IKEA. I chose the delivery service and professional assembly. Omar and Ivan took less than one hour to construct five bookcases, their extensions, and a pull-out desk. Not only did they put them together, but they consolidated the bookcases into one unit and attached them to the wall. It saved me hours if not days of reading instructions, locating the appropriate tools, and assembly. Wow!
Yes, my recent experiences did cost a little money. But what I saved in time, effort, and sheer frustration was well worth every penny spent.
Why do we often choose to take the long, wearisome route when a shorter, convenient one is available?
How do we decide when it is more advantageous to let the professionals do it than handle things ourselves?
When I consider these recent choices and others in the past, I came up with several reasons why professionals are often the best choice:
- Professionals remove the burden. You can shift the responsibility to their shoulders. There is no shame in asking for help.
- Consultants can create an overall plan and direction forward. Often, they can implement part and then allow portions of it to be done yourself.
- Professionals save valuable time. Their expertise can be a short cut. By employing their skills, you are released to focus on the tasks that only you can do. I don’t know how many man hours I spent at the computer perusing websites. What a waste!
- Specialists limit frustration. What is the learning curve for your task? How much time will it take to struggle through the process? Give yourself the gift of grace and let someone else handle the problem.
- Authorities get the best possible results. I find that I am confident in my decisions and I am not second-guessing the outcomes. In the above example, my home is now ready for living instead of in a state of upheaval. The colors and selection appeal to me and I know they are up-to-date.
- Pros have a higher skill level and greater expertise. They can draw upon years of experience in similar situations. Ask for pictures or references from previous projects. Yes, you do pay for that expertise, but it can be well worth it.
- Experts come equipped. If your project requires special tools or equipment your professional will have access to them. You can forget the added expense of purchasing new tools.
- Specialists add value to your project. They already know building codes and which permit to pull. They can suggest ways to improve that you are not aware of.
- Professionals save money in the long run. Mistakes can be costly. A sound expert can get it right the first time.
- Pros give peace of mind. If you give your input throughout the project, when the job is done you can relax.Time to move along to the next item on your list.
I am a DIYer at heart. I pride myself in being able to learn and tackle almost any task. However, do I really need to? If I hire a professional to do the job, I can rest easy knowing that it is done correctly. For me, when the to-do list seems endless, the choice is easy.