If you’re a bit of a handyman, you might think you can take on any task and come out fine in the end. While some small tasks are pretty simple to take care of on your own, some things should be left to a professional home renovator.
While keeping down cost is important, if you aren’t sure how to do something, other problems could arise. The money you save fixing one issue on your own might go out the window fixing something you broke in the process.
Continue reading this article to learn more about when you should hire a professional for your home upgrades and why.
DIY Vs. Home Renovator
It’s easy to get excited about taking care of your own home renovations when you’re watching HGTV. While there are some ups and downs throughout almost every television episode, everything turns out good in the end.
We’d like to believe our renovations are going to end up just as good, that’s not always the case.
How Major is the Job?
Before you give yourself a pink slip and hire a professional, look at how big the job is. If you’re looking at a little paint or other small cosmetic changes, you might be able to get away with doing the project yourself.
You might even be able to get away with tiling the bathroom floor without any problems. Where things can go very wrong is when you get into the bigger projects like electricals, plumbing, gas fitting, and structural work. Below are the reasons why you shouldn’t take care of these things on your own.
Electricity isn’t something to play around with if you don’t know what you’re doing. Electrical shock isn’t all you have to worry about although this should be at the top of your list of things you want to avoid.
Beyond the electrical shock issue, even after you believe you’ve fixed the problem, there could be more issues. If you didn’t do the electrical work properly, your work could be a fire hazard. And that’s not to mention that during an inspection, your work might not pass.
If you fail to have your work inspected before using it and something goes wrong, you might incur steep fines.
Plumbing is another one to leave to the professionals.
Many states require that you have a compliance certificate before you’re even allowed to do plumbing work. Don’t try to go around this but instead visit this website and see how you can get some outside help.
Gas fitting requires a license if you want to stay on the right side of the law.
While you have the plumber out, you’ll likely be able to get your gas problems taken care of as well since they often have the required license.
You’ve heard the saying that you shouldn’t take down the fences unless you know why they were built. The same goes for the walls in your home. If you don’t know a wall is a load-bearing wall and you take it out, you’re looking at some major problems.
For any structural work, you should be working with a qualified licensed builder. Don’t try to take any shortcuts or you’re looking at the potential for serious loss.
When it comes to major demolition, there could be more than just the safety of your home to worry about. Some homes have asbestos in their walls and if you’re doing demo work, you could easily get it in your lungs. Even if you don’t know your home was built with asbestos, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
If you look on your roof and the wind has blown a shingle off, that’s a pretty simple fix. On the other hand, if you’re looking at a major roofing project, have a professional take care of it.
Not only could you fall off the roof when you’re up high and hurt yourself but there’s the potential of leaving your roof open to leaks and other problems. What might look like a small problem to the untrained eye might be serious damage to your roof.
Unless you have hands-on training and you learn how to properly sand a floor, you should let someone else take care of it. While your goal might be to give yourself the gift of beautiful, smooth floors, it could end up going the other way.
While you could call in the professionals after the job is botched, there is no need to put your floors through the pain of a DIY gone wrong. You likely don’t have the proper equipment to do the job as well as you’d like even if you did have the training. Working with an underpowered floor sander isn’t doing anyone any favors.
Stay Safe When Doing Renovations
Whether you’re doing your renovation yourself or you have a home renovator that is going to help you, it’s important to stay safe. If your home becomes a construction zone, make sure you know what areas of your home are safe to use and what areas your family should stay out of.
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