How much do you (or your hubby) get paid to do your job?
I'm not a craftsman, I do most projects (including tiling, and many other
harder things) myself. But you'll never hear me bitch about how much a
craftsman costs. Most of them are asking fair wages for their time,
insurance, business costs, etc.
sure anybody can paint too
I have been in business 35 years and have seen homeowners quality work
Hell , for those years I have fixed many of them
I think, a true craftsman doesn't charge enough to put up with people with
I'm assuming that was directed at the OP, not me? If you read the post you
quoted I was *defending* contractors.
To be fair, DIY doesn't always equal "crap". I built a deck two summers
ago. The city inspector was shocked to hear that we did all the work
ourselves. He told us that he never had a homeowner deck pass on the first
inspection, and that many contractors don't even pass on the first. As he
signed off, he told us that we should be teaching classes to show
contractors how to do good work!
Now I know that's the exception rather than the rule, and there's alot of
crap quality DIY work out there. And we certainly spent a lot of time
getting it right. But I was quite pleased with the results and even more
pleased with the inspector's comments.
It's also unlinkely that "Mrs. Clean", who has displayed the tendency to be
incredibly cheap in her other postings, did contractor-quality work. Heck
she wouldn't even spring $25 for Consumer Reports to research thousands of
dollars in appliance purchaces.
Some folks don't like paying for professional when what they do
themselves will be enough.
Same reason I buy generic corn... why pay 10 cents extra when I'm happy
with how the store brand tastes?
Not that all DIY is store-brand level...but I like to think that mine
will be up to that point some day. ;-)
That is either due to hiring practices, grand expectations on a
half-grand budget, or ego. Ego is a fine thing. It's what makes you
believe that your work is better than everyone else's. It's also what
makes you believe that no one else's work is as good as yours.
Unfortunately in essentially all of the cases neither of those things
are true. Such is life.
There are contractors who pay attention to all of the details - even
details you would never have thought of. These people do not come
cheap and that is what I was referring to with the half-grand budget.
Removing the value of your time from the equation is certainly one way
to "balance the books". It's just not good accounting.
On the flip side, I think everyone should do projects around the house.
The satisfaction is tremendous and should not be discounted.
Since I am retired, I would have to disagree. If I didn't do-it-myself,
I'd have to get a job to pay for it. NoWay.
But then, I retired young because I had always done it this way. It's
great for saving.
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