Turn Your DIY Failures in to a New Appliance

I learned something really interesting the other day. Did you know that Merry Maids, Terminix, and ServiceMaster Restore are all part of the ServiceMaster brand? That means that one company can take you from cleaning your house to fixing your appliances. ServiceMaster makes more than 75,000 service calls each business day, supporting homeowners and businesses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 25 countries around the world.

Turn Your DIY Failures in to a New Appliance

ServiceMaster did a little research recently into homeowners and their repair concerns and needs. They found that more than half of homeowners and prospective homeowners surveyed say the feel unprepared to address (58%) and not very knowledgeable about (54%) home maintenance needs.  I’m surprised that number isn’t higher. Every time I think I know how to fix something, I realize I don’t.

They also found that Two-fifths (41%) of homeowners and prospective homeowners say they wouldn’t know who to call if they had a home maintenance need in the next three months, and four-fifths (83%) wish they could find one resource that could reliably help them with all of their needs. I’ll agree with that, and if that one source could also drive my kids to activities I’d be even happier!

Turn Your DIY Failures in to a New Appliance

Anyway, given those numbers, I was surprised that they didn’t have any info on how many people attempt a DIY home repair. Everybody loves a good DIY fix for an expensive problem. Velcro wrapped around a toothbrush can clear out a drain before you need a plumber, and you don’t want to know all the hidden ways I’ve used bungee cords and duct tape in my house!

But unfortunately, sometimes a DIY “fix” can cause more problems than it solves. Really, while DIY is great for entertaining, it’s not a good idea for home repair. Trying to fix something that you aren’t qualified to fix can wreak havoc on your house, and even be dangerous.

Turn Your DIY Failures in to a New Appliance

Have you attempted a DIY home fix it that’s gone wrong, or are facing a home maintenance or improvement dilemma? If so, ServiceMaster wants to help! Visit ServiceMaster’s Facebook page and look for the #FixMyHouseSweeps timeline post. Share a photo and brief description of your DIY home fix it fail or other home improvement dilemma as a comment, using the #FixMyHouseSweeps hashtag. Your comment will enter you to win a GE appliance(s) valued at up to $2,000, along with entry to win the sweepstakes grand prize – a $5,000 Home Depot gift card to put towards a home improvement project.

This post is sponsored by ServiceMaster, all opinions and DIY fails are my own.