5 Home Improvement Jobs That Are Always Better to Hire out
Posted by Vamsee Lella // January 11, 2018
Making small fixes around the house is a great way to save money and improve your DIY skills. If it’s only something simple like repairing some wooden patio steps or painting over some scratches, you can get away by doing it yourself. There are though some jobs that shouldn’t be attempted unless you have the specialized training and expertize. Certain jobs, if not done right, can lead to disaster for both you and the house. Here are five home improvement jobs, that it is always better to hire out to a contractor.
- Roofing. Unless you’re a highly experienced roofer, you should leave all roof repairs to a trained professional. This is better not just because they have the training and equipment, but also because they have insurance to cover any damages. Having roof repairs done is expensive, but if you don’t understand how to utilize the materials and how they behave under different weather conditions, you are setting yourself up for even worse expenses.
- Plumbing. You might be able to get away with making small repairs yourself but any major repairs are best left to professionals. Trained plumbers have the equipment and knowledge to find leaks in ways you couldn’t even imagine. They have a high understanding of how a plumbing system works and can offer easier solutions, that in in the end will save you more than if you tried to attempt repairs yourself.
- Electrical. This should be obvious but every year people seriously injure themselves trying to make DIY electrical repairs. Avoid working on anything, that you are unfamiliar with. The margin for error with electrical is very high, just one mistake can be fatal. Licensed professionals have the training, skills, and experience to do repairs quickly and safely. Never entrust such a job to anyone, who is not a licensed professional.
- Structural Improvement. This refers to structural problems in the building, that is affecting its stability or safety. Again, the margin for error here is huge, so unless you’ve got extensive experience stay away from making any structural repairs yourself. Structural improvements are usually done, when there is a risk in the structure. Any job like this requires licensed experts with the right knowledge and equipment. Work like this has to be very precise. One small mistake and the entire structural stability of the building, could be compromised.
- Foundation. This is even riskier than making structural improvements. The building’s foundation is located under the building and provides the support, that keeps the entire house correctly in place. Any changes to the foundation must be approved by a civil engineer. Depending on the nature of the improvements, you may even need to inform the authorities. Just a slight miscalculation could risk bringing the entire house down. Hire a professional and save yourself the trouble.
Doing repairs and home improvements yourself, is not a bad thing and a great way to save on costs. When the margin for error is high and specialized skills are required, leave it to the professionals. In the longer run, hiring a professional saves you money as they are insured and can do a far better job than you could yourself. When in doubt, leave it to the professionals.