This past weekend I helped friends move into the new house that they bought. And when I say “helped friends move”, I mean I lifted a few things here and there, arranged some furniture, and did some babysitting. I didn’t actually do the moving part of the weekend – my friends had hired professional movers to do the really hard work. My buddy and I went and picked up the U-Haul truck on Thursday night, and then the two movers took everything out of the old house , packed the truck to the brim, and then unloaded everything into their new house. Total cost for 5 hours of labor from these guys? $300 + lunch. In my mind, it was worth every penny, as I did the same thing when I moved into this house. It saved me time, energy, and damage to my back. My days of moving all my belongings by myself (and depending on several friends to bust their a**es for me) are long gone now. Certain things are worth the money to me to have to pay for.
Another example of this is when another friend tried to fix his own toilet. This guy has zero plumbing knowledge, but I guess a few episodes of This Old House left him feeling like this was an easy issue to fix and save money on. Well, he ended up destroying the toilet mechanism and the toilet itself, leaving him toilet-less with a few inches of water on the bathroom floor. A few days later, after he had the water cleanup guys come and the new toilet installed, his wallet was a few hundred dollars lighter than it would have been if he had just had the toilet fixed by a professional in the first place. There are certain things that are better left to those who know more than you do, and in this case, it was the plumbing in the house. My dad would have been the first person to call someone in to make repairs, as he knew what he was and wasn’t capable of doing!
Which leads me to you guys – what do you pay for and consider worth it? What do you do yourself in order to save money? I mow my own lawn, wash my own car, clean my own house, and do my own minor repairs around the house. But if I needed a new roof or a tile job in a bathroom, I think I would probably pay someone who could do it better than I could (and do it right the first time, too). What about you?
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