To Repair or to Replace? That Is the Question!

To Repair or to Replace? That Is the Question!When it comes to choosing to repair or replace an item, there are always two schools of thought. You’ve got the green folks who will do nearly anything to keep another item out of the landfills and repair, refurbish and repurpose everything under the sun. But many people feel overwhelmed by the hassle of dealing with repairmen, uncertain charges and the potential of the item breaking again soon. While you may have your opinion in general about which team you stand on, much of that decision really depends upon the item in need of repair.

We’ve put together a list of considerations to help you decide if your best course of action is to repair or to replace. Before you pitch that item in the dumpster or send it off to the shop, consider these factors.

Is It Under Warranty?

To Repair or to Replace? That Is the Question!So many products come with warranties these days, from watches and refrigerators to coffeemakers and curling irons. Check to see if your broken item is covered for parts or replacement free of charge. Not sure where you put that warranty information? Make a new resolution today to identify a drawer or other spot to store all warranty info in, so you’ll know in the future.

How Old Is It?

Consider the age of the item in need of repair. You can check the life expectancy to help you determine how much longer it could be good for. If it’s more than halfway through its life expectancy, it may be more cost effective and efficient to replace.

How Energy Efficient Is It?

To Repair or to Replace? That Is the Question!Many appliances nowadays are far more energy efficient than older counterparts. If your broken item is older and less efficient, it may be time to upgrade to one that’s kinder to the planet and your wallet.

What’s the Cost to Repair Versus Replace?

There’s a really handy figure that many experts recommend using to help you determine your best course of action. If your broken item is fifty percent through its lifespan and the cost of repair is more than fifty percent of a new one’s cost, replace it.

What’s the Sentimental Value?

Sentimental value and memories attached may trump all of these other questions. If you’re really attached and it’s a meaningful item, your heart may tell you to repair it. And that’s OK.

Deciding to Repair

Sometimes even when you would prefer to replace, the thought of calling around to find a repair-person and then dropping off and picking up the item makes it an annoyance. Never fear, Errand Works can help you there! As part of our general errands service, we will drop off and pick up items for repair, such as watches, shoes and small appliances. You make the arrangements, and we handle the running around. Repairing items just got a little bit easier!

For more information about our errand running service, contact us! We’re here to simplify your life one errand at a time.

Errand Works, LLC, is licensed, bonded and insured. Every errand runner must pass a Virginia State Criminal Background Check prior to being hired. In addition, each errand runner is a Virginia State Notary. Errand Works currently serves Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the surrounding areas.