Author: Erin Reynolds
Chances are, you’ve tackled some DIY maintenance and repairs around your home. DIY projects are an easy way for homeowners to cut costs, but have you stopped to consider which projects are actually safe to DIY and which require professional attention? If you haven’t, you could be setting yourself up for a lot of stress and financial headache. So, to keep saving money and prevent problems around your home, avoid DIY-ing the following home repairs.
Roof Repairs or Any Job That Requires a Ladder
Think you need to repair or replace your roof? According to Ranch Roofing, if you’ve spotted water stains, blistered paint on the ceiling, or damaged shingles, you may just be right. When these symptoms are present in your home, consider calling an experienced local contractor rather than attempting the work on your own. Keep in mind that reputable contractors will always provide free estimates, have rave reviews, and post industry ratings on their website.
Why is this a job best left for professionals? For one, roof repairs can be tricky to get right, and DIY work can put your safety at risk. Extension ladders are one of the most dangerous items you can have around your home, especially when you’re not sure how to use one. So, leave your roof and any other high places to be repaired by professionals.
Major Home Makeovers or Complicated Paint Jobs
If you watch enough HGTV, you may be tempted to attempt a full-scale home flip without a pro. What you need to keep in mind is that every TV show you see actually uses professional contractors to complete major renovations on homes. So, if you need a wall knocked out, cabinets painted, or any other complicated changes, avoid the potential for DIY nightmares and call a professional instead. If you do want to save money on more involved repairs, you may be able to do so by hiring a handyman, rather than a licensed contractor. This is a good trick for challenging but perhaps not overly complicated jobs, such as painting your entire home; however, other work, like foundation repairs, will require a licensed pro.
Remodeling or Repair Projects That Require Permits
The last thing you want is to be midway through a project only to discover you actually need a permit for those changes. This is why it’s always best to at least consult professionals before you attempt any remodeling or repair work around your home. Professional contractors will know exactly which permits are needed to avoid potential issues with your local government and can typically secure these permits faster than homeowners. But what type of repairs require a permit? That can vary according to your location and your home type, but usually any major renovations, like replacing external pipes or expanding your garage, require at least one. Plumbing issues are usually best left to licensed plumbers, whether you need a permit or not.
Home Renovations That Carry Safety/Health/Fire Risks
Ladders are not the only hidden dangers that can be lurking around your home. Many repairs that may seem simple are actually quite dangerous for homeowners to complete without a pro. For example, if you have mold in your home attempting self-removal could expose your family to highly toxic spores and even put you at risk for violating health codes. Other potentially risky repairs include gas appliance maintenance/replacement, chimney cleaning, and major electrical work. In terms of electrical projects, you may be able to safely swap out fixtures or update outlet plates. Any other rewiring or repairs should be completed by a licensed electrician to reduce the risk of electrocution or even prevent a deadly fire from being sparked.
There’s nothing wrong with a little DIY maintenance. In fact, taking care of simple repairs on your own can prevent the need for a pro in the first place. You just need to know which DIY jobs could cost you more in the long run and when it’s time to call an experienced professional. Because knowing when to ask for help is part of being a responsible homeowner.
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