5 DIY Projects To Leave To Professionals
We do a lot of home DIY projects, but when in doubt, its always better to call in the pros.
A do-it-yourself project can be an empowering way to save money, provided you know what you’re doing. But making even one simple mistake could put a strain on your back and/or on your budget. Often, it’s best to go with common sense, put safety first and call a professional.
Here are five types of home improvement projects that are best left to the experts.
1. Plumbing or electrical projects – There’s a reason these are skilled trades. Both systems are complex, no matter how straightforward a repair may initially appear. Even small leaks can cause serious water damage, and faulty electrical wiring can lead to a house fire. Don’t risk flooding or electric shock. Call a plumber or hire an electrician to make sure these jobs are done right the first time. Learn when it’s a good time to replace your water heater.
2. Renovations with possible code violations – Structural changes require a licensed contractor. Not only can shoddy craftsmanship severely affect your home’s value, but it can also put your family in danger. Accidentally removing a load-bearing wall, for example, could cause an entire room to collapse. Why take the risk?
3. Repairs involving heights – More than 130,000 ladder-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. Roofs are very steep and hard to work on, so if you’re looking at a roof repai, consider calling a professional before attempting to complete the job yourself.
4. Tree removal – If you have one or a few trees you want removed from your backyard, you should think twice before cutting them down yourself. It can be very hard to gauge the height of a tree, so a tree that you think is too short to hit your home could be just big enough to reach it. Cutting trees safely with a power chain saw is a delicate job involving complex angles and cuts. Leave this one to the tree experts, and both you and your home will be better off for it.
5. Time-sensitive projects – Weigh your work and family commitments before embarking on a home improvement project. Even if you’re confident in your abilities, the added pressure of a tight deadline can lead to unnecessary and often dangerous mistakes.
Remember, just because a DIY project looks simple doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and call a professional.
Can you think of other DIY home projects when it’s better to call a pro? Leave us a comment below.