Insourcing is a term that my friend Mimi from ‘A Tray of Bliss’ uses. I don’t know whether it is an original term but it is basically the opposite of what so many businesses and households do – outsourcing. So, insourcing is pretty much an alternative term for DIY.
It probably sums up a lot of what we do routinely – everything from growing food, gardening, sewing and even cooking meals. However, I am nowhere near as diligent as Mimi when it comes to calculating the potential savings of learning and using skills instead of handing relatively simple tasks over to someone else.
However, the calculating was handed to me on a plate today when we received an email with a quote for replacing the outdoor steps and installing a handrail. Upon reading it we saw the amount which had been allocated to removing and dumping the old pavers and timber sleepers. This included the hire of 2 rubbish skips.
“We can do that!” These 4 simple words saved us almost $2,000. Additionally, none of this will end up in landfill, we will have a pile of pavers that we can use for other projects as well as old hardwood sleepers that will provide firewood for next winter.
I know that pulling up pavers is not for everyone but it is definitely worth looking around and seeing if there are things that you could do and create for yourself rather than parting with your hard-earned cash for what may even be an inferior product.
We made a start this afternoon and will finish it on the weekend before the real work begins in earnest next week.
I can’t wait until this job is completed as it will provide a much improved entrance to our home. The new steps will be concrete with a non-slip finish coloured to blend in with the surrounding rock walls and there will be no issues with pavers subsiding and causing a trip hazard. The handrail will provide safer access, too.