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With the popularity of DIY home repair shows, more and more people are getting swept up in the craze. To save money and to unleash their inner interior design diva, people are picking up hammers and giving DIY repairs a go.
Of course, there is value to doing things yourself and saving money in the process. The finished product is something you can share on Instagram on Facebook, for one thing. However, there is also value in knowing your limits when it comes to major home repairs. It is embarrassing to call a professional halfway through a messed-up project.
When Should You Not Do a Home Repair?
While home improvement products have become user-friendly in recent years, they could end up costing you more headaches and money when you opt to do repairs that should be left to the professionals.
So, when should you leave home repairs to the pro?
Do You Know What You’re Doing?
Be honest. If you botch up a major home repair, you could wind up paying more money to hire a home repair professional to fix what you’ve done. Sometimes, the cost of renting or buying the right equipment can sometimes cost more than the labor itself.
There are some home repairs that you shouldn’t do if you have no idea what you’re doing. Mangling a DIY home repair job can turn into an aggravating, expensive, and time-consuming horror story if you’re not careful.
Can You Hurt Yourself?
Embarrassing yourself is bad enough, but what about a serious accident or injury? That’s another matter. A DIY injury can end up racking medical bills that would far exceed the cost of hiring a professional to do the job.
You could end up causing damage that’s costlier and even more difficult to repair. If a particular home repair job would place your health in danger, or if it requires special equipment or specialized expertise, you should leave it to the professionals.
Do You Have the Time to Spare?
Don’t jump into a home repair DIY project if you do not have the time because it will cost you money. Think about your time in terms of money. If you have a healthy income, it may not be a great idea to work on a project for 10 hours when a home improvement professional can do it in 2 hours. You would lose more money than you could have saved if you just opted to hire the pros to do the job.
We know that are some DIY projects that you would never need to call a professional for, but here are the 4 major home repairs that you should never do yourself.
4 Home Repairs to Leave to the Professionals
#1 Structural Work
Homeowners should never touch major structural work unless they know what they’re doing. Faulty and sloppy structural repairs or construction can undermine the foundation or integrity of your entire home.
Do not take out a wall without checking first if it’s load-bearing. Otherwise, the entire upstairs floor could collapse. We recommend at all cost to avoid altering any major home structures in a DIY project.
#2 Major Basement Renovations
To an untrained eye, basements may not seem like a major part of a home. So, it’s easy to renovate it because you can always easily hide the mistakes you’ve made. However, basement repairs should never go in your DIY list.
Even if the repairs are seemingly simple, any changes can significantly affect the structural integrity of your home. Some details may have to be considered as fire blocking or vapor barriers when repairing the basement.
In addition, if you try to resell your home, the basement will be a huge selling point, so don’t mess it up.
#3 Asbestos Removal
Some homes have asbestos, a chemical compound that can cause irreparable health damage. This is why it is important to hire a professional to do the job for you. Aside from the toxic nature of this compound, some laws need to be observed when it comes to asbestos removal.
#4 Roofing Repairs
It may seem simple, but repairing a roof isn’t a DIY job because it poses the risk of injury or possibly death. It’s not a tough job, but it’s the getting up and down while carrying tools that is quite risky. It’s also extremely tiring.
Unfortunately, when people are tired, they tend to make a lot of mistakes. Just a quick slip can send you over the edge of a roof. You may need a spotter to hold the ladder to avoid accidents.
Repairing your roof also requires experience. You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. You could end up with extensive water damage or an even more difficult-to-repair leaky roof.
DIY home repair can be relaxing. It’s a great way to de-stress or spend time with your family, but make sure to avoid home repairs that can cause significant damage to your home or your health. Sometimes, it is always better to leave it to the pros.
If you have any home repairs that need immediate professional attention, do not hesitate to call us today.