Originally Posted by sgeeeee
Can't answer this one. It's less than a dollar or more than a thousand. It depends on the hour and what my other possibilities are for using it.
So George Bernard Shaw's not debating our occupations, just trying to decide on a price?
The fallacy lies in deciding "Well, I'm worth $75/hour so let's spend a little money." No, you're an ER, and in ER your time is worth zero. With time, motivation, tutoring, & practice you can probably learn to tackle the vast majority of life's daily skills-- pretty much like our great-grandparents had to do on the farm. It's just a question of time pressure, laziness, or indulgence.
There are some jobs that we'd prefer not to hire out because we're control freaks highly detail-oriented and achievement-focused. So we buy & sell our own real estate, paint our own houses, do our own housecleaning, and take care of our own yardwork.
I generally hire out the things that I'm not willing to learn how to do for myself or that would cost more in special tools (let alone the time) than to pay a specialist. If it's a skill that I'd like to learn or something that I'll be doing more than once then I'll probably try to learn to do for myself-- like soldering or electrical work.
We carpeted two of our bedrooms but when it came to a master bedroom (with a seam) and steps, the experts did a much better job with their special tools and years of experience. Same for recarpting an 1800-sq-ft rental home (more seams) while we work on the landscaping and a sheet-vinyl floor. We can remove a popcorn ceiling but we aren't good at plaster. I was going to hire a U-Haul to pick up a fridge but the seller offered to deliver it for half the cost. I was going to have a mechanic fix our car but the tow bill was more than the cost of the valve-cover gasket. We're going to pay contractors to fix the concrete steps, replace the wrought-iron gates, and re-do the familyroom ceiling/roof. Depending on where we go with the rest of our projects we may hire a contractor to build a pergola, but there are also pretty decent DIY kits out there. Most car maintenance & repair is going the way of esoteric equipment and highly technical training... no one wants to hear how I used to tweak carburetors or adjust distributors, either.
I hate washing cars but our kid enjoys doing it for cash.
I usually buy the book from Amazon if it's not at the library within six months and if I really really think I should have it around for multiple reads. I probably only buy four or five out of a hundred now.