Completing home improvement projects on your own can be a great experience. It can also save you a lot of money. But there are some projects that should be left to the professionals. Here are a few things that you should consider before you decide whether or not to take on a home improvement project:
- Is it worth the time and effort that you’ll be putting in? It’s nice to save money by doing it yourself, but is the money you’re saving worth the work? For example, if you decide to paint the interior of your home but you know that you’ll only have time on the weekends to work on it, are you okay with the project taking weeks, even months to complete?
- Is it a dangerous task? A lot of home improvement projects can have major repercussions if they aren’t done correctly the first time. Do you have the knowledge and training to complete the project? Do you have the proper permits to do the work?
- Do you have the proper equipment to do the job well? It might be tempting to use the tools you have on hand to complete a project, but many of them require specialized tools that pros will have and know how to use.
Cutting down trees
This is one that people attempt on a regular basis because it seems like such a simple task. And it is (kind of) but there are a lot of things that can go wrong and only an expert can make sure to avoid those complications. Even if you’re a pro with a saw, if you don’t know exactly how and where to make the cut to fell the tree at the right angle, you could do serious damage to your home or other nearby property.
Paving the driveway
This is another job that may seem simple but getting an even, smooth service on a pave job is actually really difficult. Any bumps, dips, or cracks in the pavement could lead to serious problems in the long run, and it’s not very easy to fix those problems. It often means breaking up the concrete, removing it, and starting over. Paving requires perfect measurements, cutting, and placement, so it’s best to leave it to the pros.
Some small electrical projects (like changing a light switch) may be possible to DIY, but for the most part it’s best to leave electrical work to the pros. You can risk serious injury or fire if you try to do any serious electrical work on your own home without the proper training and experience. Additionally, a lot of these types of projects require special permits that a professional will already have on hand. Further, certain building codes may exist in your area to which your home must adhere. If you do the work yourself, you may violate those codes and that will make it really difficult to sell your home in the future.
The use of asbestos in large amounts was banned in 1989, but if your home was built before that, it’s possible that it contains asbestos. Asbestos is a highly toxic mineral and handling it can be really dangerous if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. Additionally, there are laws about how to remove and dispose of the mineral, and an expert is going to know exactly what those laws are.
This falls into the “dangerous” category of home improvement projects. Even if you’re confident that you can repair or replace roofing on your home, there’s a high risk of falling in any sort of roof work. In fact, it’s one of the most common home improvement project injuries.