Adulthood is wonderful. Eating what you want when you want. Having your own money. Deciding what you do on a Friday night. But adulthood is also filled with bills to pay, errands to run, and projects to complete. So that brings up a valid question. Is it better to outsource home tasks or DIY them?
Is It Better to Outsource Home Tasks or DIY?
This post has been written by our amazing staff writer, Kimberly Studdard.
First, let’s explore the pros and cons of both, and then we can decide which one is better for your wallet and lifestyle.
Outsource Home Tasks Pros
What are the pros of outsourcing those pesky tasks? What can you gain from it?
1) Increased Flexibility
When you outsource home tasks, you get more time back into your day and week.
Order them online and have them delivered (about two hours saved each week for my family).
Don’t want to get your pool ready for summer?
Hire it out and get those hours back…
Increased flexibility means you can spend more time earning money, or more time with your family or on other hobbies and to-dos. For example, we have a house cleaner twice a month. She costs $80 each visit, but she gives me at least four hours back in my week each time she cleans. That means I’d only have to make an extra $80 (or $20 an hour) every two weeks, which is easy to do when I’m not having to clean! Or, I can take that extra time and spend it with my daughter, going out and having fun.
The biggest reason people start to outsource home tasks is that they want more time back into their day. They’re tired of spending hours cleaning, cooking, and working on projects when they’d rather be focusing on personal development or spending time with their families. And some people work long hours and don’t want to worry about coming home and having to work too.
2) Great For Projects You Can’t Do
My husband is great at fixing things around the house. He grew up fixing houses and apartments, so he knows quite a few things about plumbing, roofing, and more. But one thing he absolutely won’t touch? Electrical work. It scares him, and he says that one wrong turn can end in a not so great future.
So guess what? If electrical work needs to be done, he won’t work on it. The sink could clog tomorrow and he’d fix it in 10 minutes flat, but he will not touch wiring or sockets of any kind. Outsourcing home tasks is great when they’re projects that you can’t do.
And it doesn’t even have to be a project you can’t do. Maybe it’s a project you don’t want to do. Grocery shopping, putting together furniture, cleaning, and more can all be outsourced if you really hate doing it that much.
3) Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune
- You can get housekeeping services for as little as $60 in most areas,
- lawn service for around $50,
- and much much more.
Of course, depending on what you can afford, there may be things that you’d rather DIY. But outsourcing home tasks don’t have to cost a fortune.
Outsource Home Tasks Cons
Of course, no decision comes without its cons, so let’s talk about them when it comes to outsourcing.
1) It Does Cost Money
Wondering if you should outsource home tasks or DIY? If you can’t afford to, or if you’re too cheap to pay someone, outsourcing isn’t going to be the best option for you. At the end of the day, you’re paying someone for their services. This may or may not be worth it for you based on what you need and what you can do yourself, which brings me to my next con.
2) Some Projects Aren’t Worth Paying For
If you have something in your house that needs to be fixed, and…
- you can fix it in less than 20 minutes
- and you have all the tools…
…why would you pay someone $100 to do it for you?
Some projects just aren’t worth paying for.
- For example, we don’t pay for someone to groom our dog. We do it ourselves. And with him being as fluffy as he is (and super duper scared of people), it saves our money and our sanity.
- If you know how to put a dresser together, it probably doesn’t make sense to hire a handyman.
- If grocery shopping doesn’t take you too long and you enjoy doing it, no need in hiring a personal shopper.
You just have to step back and think to yourself, “Is this really worth hiring out? Or can I do it with very little effort and time spent. If you know what you’re doing and it takes less than 20 minutes…you’re probably better off doing it yourself.
Now onto DIYing the tasks in your home and the pros in doing so.
1) Saves Money
This is the biggest reason many people DIY some of their home projects. It saves a ton of money (typically) when you do things yourself.
- Grocery shopping,
- putting together a bookshelf, and
- cleaning your own home may take time, but it saves you money because you don’t have to pay someone else to do them.
2) Gives You A Sense Of Accomplishment
When my husband and I work on a DIY project and finish it, we are filled with pride and happiness at the fact that we completed it ourselves. For example, we just bought a coffee table from the thrift store for $10. It was ugly, but we loved the height and features it had (like a storage drawer tucked away).
Even though we could have outsourced the project to someone else, my husband and I…
- took a half day and
- stained, and
- painted the coffee table.
We also changed out the hardware for the storage drawer so it would fit our decor. And we were so proud to complete it and show it off in our living room.
Sometimes, DIY is done because it’s great to learn something new or feel happy that your own hands created something in your home.
3) It Can Be Fun
Asking yourself whether you should outsource home tasks or DIY? Don’t forget that some projects can be fun!
My family loves working on DIY projects together.
- It saves us money,
- we learn new skills, and
- we can get something cool out of our handiwork.
We’ve done everything from patio gardening to creating our own living room gallery wall. And because we enjoyed working on those things, it didn’t matter that we were spending time doing them.
Yes, there are actually plenty of DIY cons as well…Life isn’t all about saving money. In fact, sometimes it might not be worth it.
1) Not As Flexible
Of course, with DIYing home tasks, you don’t get the flexibility of hiring them out and spending that time on other to-dos. If you’re DIYing something, you have to dedicate time to it, even if you’d rather be doing something.
If time is what you really need, trying to DIY may not be the right fit for you. Some projects take a while, and sometimes we spend more time trying to DIY something that we could’ve just paid someone to do it for us in the first place.
2) Projects May Not Look As Great
Have you ever painted your house or tried to detail your car, just for it to not look as great as you thought it would? While there are many things we can do ourselves and they turn out fine, sometimes DIY is not best. While you may be proud that you did it, you may not be as happy with the results as you would have if you hired a professional.
Should You Outsource Home Tasks or DIY?
In my opinion, you should DIY the projects you love doing and have time to do and outsource the rest. I outsource everything that I don’t enjoy doing or that takes me a lot of time to do (like deep cleaning and grocery shopping). By doing this, I get hours back into my weeks to focus on money generating activities, or just getting more time to spend quality time with my family.
What do you typically do? Outsource home tasks or DIY?
AUTHOR Kimberly Studdard
Kim Studdard is a project manager for online entrepreneurs and small businesses. When she isn't spending time with her daughter and husband, or reading her growing pile of horror books, you'll find her working on her HR degree and working towards FIRE.