When DIY Isn't the Greenest Option

In many cases, we turn to DIY for two reasons: we're able to control most of the variables when we do it ourselves, and, of course, the budget can remain smaller. But good friends of ours weighed their options when it came to painting their house, and decided that DIY wasn't the right choice. Here's why.

These friends made eco-choices with their paint (we went over the day it was painted and there was no discernible odor at all!) and considered painting their entire downstairs themselves.

But after trying one ceiling, they decided to call in an expert. Yes, the task at hand was daunting; but more so, they used more paint less efficiently than the professional. With the pro at work, using supplies he and his team keep on hand, our friends didn't have to purchase any additional tools that they'd presumably only need this time.

The job was done faster, cleaner, and more efficiently. And while they could have potentially achieved the same results by DIY, their example made us think about our own upcoming projects.

What do you think? Are there times when a DIY project could have been done more sustainably by a professional, and does that factor weigh into your decision-making?

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