You might find yourself taking on a lot of odd jobs yourself if you’re maintaining your own property to rent out or sell on. Depending on your experience, sometimes it’s faster and cheaper to simply put your mind to a task and get it done without the hassle of hiring a professional. However, when it comes to plumbing, you might want to reconsider getting the job done by a plumber who knows their trade best.
On the one hand, you can indeed save time by getting the job done yourself. When you factor in the time spent looking up ideas of who to call, following up references, negotiating a deal, finding a time that suits both parties to complete the work, waiting for payment to go through, not even accounting for any possible delays, it can take much longer to have professionals tradesmen come in to do the work for you.
Sometimes this is made worse by the fact that professionals might be paid by the hour, so they may not be in a rush to finish the work to your tight schedule. You might find it’s much more cost effective to spend that money ensuring you have the best quality materials and tools, meaning you can make sure the plumbing work you do is up to the same standard as the rest of your own work. You also get the added benefit of adding a new skill to your repertoire, and once you’ve learned something once you can save money in future by never hiring an expensive professional again!
On the other hand, there are bound to be situations where you need that expertise from a professional plumber that you can’t just get out of nowhere. In fact, getting straight to work on a complex project can easily end up costing you more time and effort than it should have originally. Why risk damaging your water pipes when you can ensure it’s done right the first time by someone who knows what they’re doing?
Not only that, but a real plumber will be able to tell you if you have other issues to contend with that you didn’t even know about, so getting an expert opinion can really pay off. You can save even more time and money in some cases with a plumber who can take a look at your whole plan and spot further ways to make your work more efficient. If you have no idea about your plumbing systems or your budget, a professional can help you get organised and tell you what you need to know.
Taking a balanced view, it’s probably best to do a bit of both if you’re a property developer. With a bit of work, you can learn how to do things like turning off the water supply in your property, replacing taps and changing parts on a washing machine or toilet without much trouble. Hiring a professional in these cases might be overkill, but it’s more necessary if you want to change your plumbing as part of ongoing building work, change your drainage systems, or carry out major repairs under the floor or outside your property.