Don’t-DIY: 6 Areas of Home Renovation That You Can’t Do Yourself (and Why)
Renovation your home may inspire you to get out your tool kit and tackle the project head on. But beware, there are some areas of home renovation that should always be left to the professionals.
Below are 6 home renovation projects that you should avoid tackling yourself and why.
Although blocked drains and clogged toilets can be easily fixed without the need of a plumber, tackling any other issues could leads to major problems. Water leaks and burst pipes can have a devastating effect on your home and also be very expensive to fix. Calling in professional help could save you future headaches as well as being more cost effective in the long run.
Adding or Replacing Windows
Glass is a difficult material to work with.
Professionals will have the correct tools and equipment to ensure that all windows and doors are fitted securely. Ill-fitted windows could mean that your home is not correctly insulated which could make your energy bills extremely expensive. So although hiring professionals to fit your windows and doors may seem expensive these initial costs could save you big bucks further down the line.
To some it may seem obvious that climbing on your roof could be extremely dangerous, but it’s worth mentioning all the same. Not only could you slip and fall off a roof which could be extremely painful or even lethal, but you could also cause real damage to your home in the process.
Roofing that has been completed with the wrong equipment or materials or that has been installed incorrectly could has a devastating effect on your home’s structure. Even simple tasks such as inspecting your roof for problems, checking for leaks or clearing out gutters should be done with extreme caution if you insist on undergoing these tasks yourself.
Whether it’s simply cutting back overgrown branches or removing the whole tree the job will require some very dangerous tools. You’ll also be required to climb and therefore will need the correct safety equipment to do so. No to mention that tree roots can often be deeper and more vast than any novice might expect. That’s why tree removal is one home improvement job that is worth leaving to the professionals.
Extensions or Structural Changes
Walls can often to home to electrical wiring, plumbing or gas pipes and therefore are better left alone if you’re at all unsure about it. Removing walls in your house may seem like a relatively foolproof job, but get it wrong and it can cause real structural damage to the house. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion from a professional prior to performing and structural changes to your home.
Even if you have completed some simple electrical repairs in the past or know the ins and outs of changing bulbs or installing light switches, do not be fooled into taking on your own electrical work. Repairing or replacing electrical wires incorrectly could have deadly repercussions. Enlisting the help of professional electrician will ensure that the proper safety precautions are made prior to completing the job at hand. Having your electrics seen to by a professional also means that you’re usually covered if something goes wrong.
Although taking matters into your own hands can sometimes seem like a more cost effective solution, it can often be very expensive to repair jobs that have been done incorrectly. It’s always wise to enlist the help of a professional in order to ensure the job it done correctly first time around.