We agree, DIY is usually the cheapest way to go when it comes to home renovations. When it comes to home renovations, there comes a time when you should hire a professional. Some renovations require following building code, dealing with dangerous materials, and messing up can hit the pocketbook pretty hard. Not only will it cost a lot of money to fix something a professional should have done in the first place, you may inadvertently violate building code. Worst case scenario if something happens to your house because of something you did out of code, your home owner’s insurance may not cover any damages.
Electrical Jobs: We know, you are just dying to put up some new recessed lights in the kitchen. Doing it yourself would be easy if you were only putting in one recessed light in an existing space that is wired and ready to go. In most cases several new holes will need to be added to the ceiling and new electrical will need to be ran from your breaker box. This is something you should allow a certified electrician to do. It will save you from getting shocked or possibly electrocuted. A certified electrician will also know what the current building code requires.
Gas Lines: Wouldn’t the stove look better over there? Just have to move it, and that is it, right? Wrong. You will need to move your existing gas line to the new location. (Unless you have an electric stove, in which case see the electrical section above.) This requires going into the basement or crawlspace and either adding or removing gas lines. We probably do not have to tell you that messing this up is a serious problem. From fires to carbon monoxide poisoning, it is just not safe to do yourself. Please, hire a professional.
Roofing: A new roof can completely change the look of any house. You can take it from a Spanish Villa to a suburban American dream home just by changing the roof type. There are a couple serious consequences if you do not know what you are doing. The first of which, notably the most important, is the safety of walking around on your roof. Secondly, if one shingle is out-of-place or if the moisture barrier is accidentally breached in any way, water will seep INTO your home. Causing potentially deadly mold, rotting structural supports overtime or even soaking the interior of your home. It’s best to leave roofing to the pros.
All of these projects have the potential to be harmful or even deadly. Please, if you are not confident in your ability to carry out a project, get in touch with a professional for at least a consultation. Know the importance of when you should hire a professional.
What other home improvements would you hire a professional for?