17 Dec 7 Home Remodeling Project’s You Should Never Do Yourself!
We admit it, sometimes we wish we could DIY everything. But the reality is that there are some things that are better left to a professional. So what home remodeling projects aren’t recommended for do-it-yourself types? Look at what we think a professional should take care of for you.
1. Home Additions Or Structural Changes
Knocking down walls might seem like a simple task, but behind those walls could be electrical wiring, gas pipes and plumbing that can cause huge problems in your home. Rather than taking a chance, consult a contractor first!
2. Electrical Work
It’s one thing to flip a fuse switch to the power in your home on or off, but another to attempt to repair faulty wiring or any other electrical issues without professional help. Working with electrical wires can be deadly and the proper precautions and knowledge are crucial.
3. Creating An Outdoor Kitchen
We’re the first to admit outdoor kitchens are fantastic, but attempting to put one in yourself could be disastrous. It might seem easy enough (a little flooring and a grill-station) but you could end up with a half-finished patio and plumbing gone awry. So while it might be tempting to build one in your backyard, ask yourself if you’ll really use the kitchen year-round…and then, of course, call in a pro.
4. Adding Or Replacing Windows
Specialized tools and methods are required to properly install new windows to make sure they are well insulated and secure. While it can be costly, a professional can ensure that you’ll be comfortable in your home for years to come.
5. Installing Siding
Installing Siding If done properly, siding can last for years. But if siding is not securely installed, weather conditions can tear it off, or seep underneath, causing harm to the frame of your home. Rather than taking this chance, it’s safer to have a professional install it properly.
6. Tree Removal
Cutting down trees, or even removing branches requires climbing and working with dangerous tools from a high distance off the ground. This is disaster waiting to happen, and definitely something better left to professionals who are trained and paid to do this!
7. Asbestos Removal
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and has been used for years in older homes and businesses for its insulating properties. It’s resistant to heat and electricity and is a good acoustic barrier as well. Unfortunately, asbestos was found to be toxic, and most of its uses were banned in the United States in 1989 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ban was overturned in 1991, allowing trace amounts of asbestos in certain products, but the days of using it in large amounts as an insulator were over. While this stopped the mass use of asbestos, there were no provisions for the homes and businesses that already contained it.
Asbestos abatement teams are typically hired to rid commercial properties of the toxic insulation. While it’s possible to perform a DIY asbestos removal, it’s not recommended. Aside from the inherent dangers of toxicity, there are many laws that govern the removal of asbestos because it can pose a danger to those in close proximity — like your neighbors. So what’s a homeowner to do? Hire a professional.
Knowing when to do it yourself and when to hire a professional is something many homeowners learn by trial and error. Instead of wasting your time on these seven jobs, you can optimize your time by undertaking work that any reasonably competent homeowner can handle. Choose your battles, and don’t be afraid to hand off anything that will likely be hazardous, back-breaking, or too expensive.
Leave us a comment if you have a questions on what you should or shouldn’t do when it comes to DIY.