Doing home improvement jobs yourself is alluring because of the cost savings and the feeling of pride and ownership when it’s done. However, there are some jobs that you should let the professionals handle so you can stay out of harm’s way or avoid a major hassle.
When ultra-precision is required you should let the professionals do it, even if the job seems small enough to tackle on your own.
For example, a job like installing window blinds can end up going wrong, and the blinds won’t function right if they’re not measured and installed exactly right. Hiring blind installers may sound like overkill, but you’ll be happy when they’re installed properly and provide years of easy use.
Considering tiling your floor? It might seem easy enough at first, but get it wrong and you’ll have to look at lines that aren’t quite perpendicular to each other, or feel a tile under your foot that just isn’t level.
Electrical, Plumbing, and Gas
Suffice it to say, anything that could kill you or do major damage to your house should be left to the pros. They will have the necessary training, experience, work/safety equipment and insurance in place in case something goes wrong.
Electrical repairs can be downright dangerous, even simple fixes can go awry if not done in the proper sequence. Plus you always run the risk of ruining your electrical system from a job not done right.
Plumbing jobs are not only tough, but can quickly get messy and cause additional damage to the house if a leak can’t be stopped in time. Shutting off the water is one way to prevent this from happening, but accidents can still occur for the novice DIYer.
Problems with the gas lines are also something you’ll want to outsource, as they could cause catastrophic damage if a leak goes undetected. It’s nice to have the peace of mind that these types of problems have been handled correctly the first time.
It’s one thing to remodel a room in your house, but when you’re adding new walls to your existing home it’s best to hire a qualified contractor. They’ll know about all of the permits you’ll need, and what the scale and scope of the job is as a whole.
Everything has to go right in order for an addition to be a success. It’s almost like building a house because the new addition will need a foundation, walls, roof, electrical, plumbing, and all of the interior work done as well. Many times it’s just too much for the average DIY enthusiast.
Anything Too High Up
If you have to climb a ladder that is over 10 feet tall you might want to consider hiring a professional to do it for you. It can be unnerving to be wobbling on an unsteady ladder trying to fix a gutter, replace a roof, or installing a ceiling fan on cathedral ceilings. Some things just aren’t worth the risk.
Even if you’re great at making home repairs, it’s still a good idea to get some things professionally done when your safety is concerned. Let the pros handle these jobs even if you could do them yourself.