So you are looking at the ‘to-do’ list and you think “how hard can it be?” When it comes to home repairs, renovations or modest home improvements, it is sometimes difficult to know when to hire a professional and when to simply tackle a DIY project. Attempting certain projects can be precarious, so consult our ‘to-not’ list before you attempt to get handy!
Getting Rid of Asbestos or Toxic Mold
Any home built in 1986 or older can possibly contain asbestos. Residentially, asbestos can be found in drywall mud, ceiling stipple, flooring, stucco, siding and vermiculite insulation. Every renovation, on an at-risk home, should start with a hazardous material test, as it is dangerous to remove asbestos without the proper safety attire. Additionally, your home is the ideal temperature for mold growth, given of course, the limiting factor of moisture availability. Breathing in asbestos or mold could have serious health ramifications, so always leave these removal projects to the pros!
Certified electricians are certified for a reason! You need advanced electrical knowledge to ensure electrical standards in your home have been met. There are simply too many technicalities for you to tackle this task on your own, and improper techniques can have terrible consequences for you and your home. Leave the high voltage alone, and consult a professional.
Structural Changes & Blowing Out Walls
Can you tell the difference between a cosmetic wall and a weight-bearing (support) wall? If not, put that sledge hammer down. The current trend over the last few years has been a desire to create an open floor plan. Most interior walls in older homes act as the support structure for the home. A professional will have a better understanding of the structural make up of your home, and can navigate the code requirements and permit requisites in order to ensure your home stays standing.
Natural Stone Installation
If you are looking to install a new countertop, and hoping to achieve the stunning look of a natural material such as granite or marble, it is best to hire a professional to measure and install. This type of material is costly, and a measuring or install mistake can be costly. Plus this stuff is heavy! Save your back, and make the call.
Hiring a professional who can install your new windows will save you a lot of headaches and dollars down the road. If windows are installed incorrectly it could lead to hot and cold air leaking from the interior of your home, which ultimately will reflect as dollar signs on your next utility bill. Beyond that, improper installation can result in moisture issues which can cause a whole new mess of repairs
Let’s face it; the last thing your family wants is an indoor swimming pool. Now if you need to change a tap, or shower head – have at it! But if you are attempting to modify your plumbing system, call the pro. Even the very smallest leak can lead to several thousand dollars’ worth of damage.
Many homeowners have attempted the above household projects and have had to learn the hard way. Don’t waste your time on these troublesome and sometimes dangerous projects and don’t be afraid to hand off anything to a professional. It will not only save you money in the long run, but save you a lot of hassle!