You can’t deny that you might have gotten caught up in the “Do It Yourself” fad that everyone has been following. And sure it’s tempting, that Pintrest post makes it look so easy, why couldn’t I do that too?
But if you’re like many people, it doesn’t always come out as perfect as the picture on the Pintrest pin. And while that’s ok for home decor, there are a few DIY projects you should avoid at all costs as a homeowner.
Here’s a short list of them:
- Electrical Work
- Electricians are expensive and it’s understandable to not want to pay their prices for what you think might be a simple job. But electricity is dangerous, as it is seen that nearly 30,000 serious electrocutions occur. To ensure you are not in this group of 30,000, it’s best to hire an electrician for your small problem. You never know, what looks like a small problem on the surface may be insight into an underlying issue and getting it looked at may just save money over time.
- Plumbing Work
- Just like electricians, plumbers are expensive too. But most people who are not trained in this area tend to do more harm than good when trying to fix a plumbing issue. This could end up costing you a lot more money overall.
- Roofing Work
- Roofing is dangerous: one small slip or misstep, and it’s a long way down. Installing roof shingles doesn’t seem very difficult, but what people don’t think about is that climbing up and down ladders with supplies and tools, and scurrying across every inch of a roof is exhausting. Additionally, it requires experience and skill to install a weatherproof roofing system so its best to say off the steep roof and have the pro do the job for you.
- Tearing Down Walls
- More people are starting to want more space, but you should think twice before you take the old sledgehammer to that wall. What many people do not know or take into consideration is the wall that they want down may be a load bearing wall, which means, if it comes down there can be serious structural damage as a consequence. This can end up costing you far more than you wanted it to.So instead of taking this expensive route, you should instead consult a building engineer to ensure the wall you’re planning to take down is not a load-bearing wall and the proper ways to take it down. Also keep in mind your town’s law for building permits to make sure you obtain one if it is needed to do this type of work.
- Window Replacement
- It may look easy, but the truth is, it can get difficult and complicated quite quickly. What people don’t think about is that installing windows requires tools that average homeowner doesn’t have. So while you may think you’re saving money y doing it yourself, the tools and the extra time may just make hiring the professional worth it. Plus if a window breaks, it could be quite dangerous.
- Cutting Down Trees
- Tree cutting is inherently dangerous. In addition to the sharp tools needed to accomplish the task, there’s also the danger of the tree toppling onto a car, house or another person. All of which happen way too often. While a professional is not needed for trees smaller than 4” in diameter and less than 20’ tall, the larger trees should be taken care of by a professional to ensure nothing is destroyed in the process because for any tree larger than that the potential of hitting a house, road or power line is high.
We’re not saying to avoid these if you have the skills to do them, but if you have never done any of these tasks before in your life, it may be best to seek out professional help instead. Sure it is tempting to go along with the fad, and you may think you’re saving money. But by avoiding doing these with no previous experience, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and headaches.