One of the biggest trends among homeowners today is the rise of DIY repairs and renovations. This can be attributed to a number of factors such as the increase of home improvement and DIY programs on the TV, online tutorials, and classes and help offered through the big box stores. It should come as no surprise that people often think they can tackle a wide variety of projects in their home, regardless of how much or little experience they have.
With that said there are always going to be those projects that are better left to the professionals. These are projects that require special skills and experience, specialized tools, and that can end up costing you a whole lot of money and time if you go about it wrong in the first place. Here’s a look at five home improvement jobs that are better left for the experts.
1. Installing New Windows
Thankfully windows are one of those jobs that don’t need to be done that often in a home. Depending on the windows first installed, the typical lifespan is about 15-20 years so you may only need to do it once while you’re in your current home. Installing windows requires plenty of know-how and experience. There’s also the fact it isn’t an easy job, especially when installing windows on the second story in the home.
2. Structural and Foundation Repairs
While you may think that the crack in the foundation seems relatively minor and that you could repair/fill it yourself, in reality that’s not always the case. These issues could point to something much more serious that can actually be affecting the structural integrity of your home. This is why you will want to call in a professional to look at structural and foundation issues inside and outside of the home.
3. Replacing the Roof
Here’s another big ticket item that thankfully doesn’t need to be done that often. The roof has about the same lifespan as windows, lasting 15-20 years depending on the style of shingles. Professionals need to be trained on how to properly remove and then install a brand new roof, as this is a labour-intensive job. Not only that it’s the kind of job you can’t do a little bit each day, typically a roof is done in just a day or two so you don’t risk being rained on.
4. The Majority of Electrical Work
While there is nothing wrong with changing out an existing light fixture in the home, anything outside of that basic job isn’t recommended for those who aren’t professionals. Electrical work is something that needs to be taken seriously because if it isn’t done correctly you risk getting electrocuted and creating a fire hazard. Electricians can come in and make short work of a project and then you have the peace of mind knowing it was done correctly and safely.
5. Major Plumbing Jobs
There will be those inevitable clogged drains and toilets that occur from time to time in the house, and typically that is something homeowners can remedy on their own. If however the simple fix doesn’t seem to be working, it’s wise to call in a plumber.
As well if you plan on moving any items around that requires the plumbing to also be re-directed, this is another time to call in the professionals. This is often the case when adding a bathroom to the home or renovating the current bathroom and changing the layout. While there are plenty of home renovations and repairs that homeowners can tackle on there on, there is also a list of issues that truly are best left to the professionals.