Four Home Repair Projects Best Left to the Pros2/28/2020
Contributed post by Ray Flynn | DiyGuys.net
In today’s age of YouTube and DIY tutorials, it can be exciting to choose projects in your home to tackle and make new again. However, before biting off more than you can chew, check your potential projects and be sure you can safely complete it at home. There are certain groups of projects that should be saved for professionals no matter how tempting or doable the internet makes it seem. The national average cost for a major home repair is $11,030 — though this price can range anywhere from $3,987 to $18,723, depending on the project — so be sure to do your homework and know what you can and cannot achieve on your own.
Architecture and Construction
If HGTV has inspired people to do one thing, it is to take a sledgehammer to their walls. The danger of this, however, is that you risk injury to yourself as well as your home. And without the proper tools or training, there is no way to be certain that the wall isn’t load-bearing. If you were to take this wall out, you may end up with sagging beams, a collapsed ceiling, and even severe roof damage. What’s more, there are tons of rules and permits required to do large-scale renovations or changes to your property. Architects are trained to see the big picture as well as keep you out of trouble with your local government, so don’t try to cut any important corners. Even though architecture software is out there for the layperson, that doesn’t mean that we won’t make mistakes about things we don’t know.
Plumbing and Gas Lines
Fixing a toilet that isn’t flushing properly is within the wheelhouse of most, but more intensive or detailed plumbing repairs can require a trained eye. If you begin a plumbing project, your family’s life will be put on hold until the project is finished, a level of pressure that will only increase as time goes on. Plumbers are practiced in finding the issue and resolving it, allowing your family to get back to their day-to-day lives. What’s more, improperly channeled water causes damage. Leaks, burst pipes, and flooding can all result from shoddy plumbing work, putting your home at risk. So, do some research to find the best plumbers in your area.
When repairing gas lines, plumbers are again the right people to call. Working on gas lines requires great care and training; the risks of improper gas connection include explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning, so bringing in a professional will keep your house and family safe.
Much like plumbing, there are small electrical repairs that can be done handily in-house, but when larger projects loom, hiring a professional is the only real option. Electricians know how to mitigate the danger of high voltages and crucial connections. Even minor mistakes can lead to electric shocks or even fires! What’s more, by trying to fix the issue yourself, you may create more issues and end up calling an electrician anyway, wasting your time and money. Again, check reviews and find the right professional to do the work for your home and budget.
No matter how simple the fix is, if your roof needs repaired, hire a professional. Very few households have ladders tall enough for the job, and even if you do, working on a roof is dangerous. Those trained to work on roofs have the right tools, experience, and resources to do the job quickly, safely, and cost-effectively. No roof repair is so expensive that you should attempt to do it yourself; you could cause yourself more damage if you fall off of the roof.
While we all love a good project, there are many tasks that require the help of a professional. Don’t let the cost keep you from hiring the right person; the risks to your personal safety and the integrity of your home are in the balance.