People love to embrace new DIY ideas because it’s always so much cheaper to take care of home repairs yourself instead of paying an expensive professional to do the work.

Though we all get sticker shock when we get that invoice after what seems like a minor plumbing repair, the truth is that it may be saving you money by going with a professional. Calling someone like the Plumbing Detectives can actually be the cheaper choice, in the long run. Here’s why.

Cost of the Tools

Do you already own that pipe wrench, soldering iron, blow torch or pipe cutter? If not, there are going to be some serious expenses racked up as you buy all the tools you need to tackle the job. Granted, you would then own the tools for future use. Unless you intend to do a lot of plumbing, owning an arm-load of specialized tools may not be a great investment for the future.

Better Skills

Though some small tasks can honestly be done just as well by an amateur, most serious repairs will be completed better by a professional simply because they know what they are doing. And that means you won’t have to worry about ongoing fixes and repeat repairs for the same problem. When you do it yourself, there is a pretty good chance you’ll have to revisit the same issue much sooner. Even if you continue to take a DIY approach each time, the costs in time and materials will add up and often end up costing more than if you had just called the plumber in the first place.

Better Materials

The last point was more about doing the job right the first time due to having more experience and better skills. You should also consider that a professional has access to better quality materials which can also contribute to doing a more solid job. Again, this leads to less work later on.

Not Just Money

There are a few other benefits that come from hiring a plumber besides the financial issues. Another big one is time. Do you really have the time to spend a Saturday afternoon trying to re-route pipes or replace a broken plumbing fixture? When you hire someone else to do the work, that means you are a little freer to go about your life. Granted, someone does need to be home while the work is being done but at least you can do other things. And it’s almost certain that a pro will be faster than you, so less time is spent overall.

Cut the Costs

If you are still a little worried about the costs, you can help to keep the overall bill down. A large part of your invoice is the hourly rate you pay the plumber, so do whatever you can to make it a quick service call. Clean out cabinets or any other areas where the plumber will be working, and even move furniture if necessary. By providing a clear view and access to the area needing work, things can get started right away.

So next time you are concerned about paying for a professional when you have a plumbing problem, consider some of these things and try to see the bigger picture about the costs.