Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?

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Upgrading and maintaining homes ourselves can be a very satisfying undertaking – appealing to our America roots of self-reliance. Many home improvement and maintenance jobs are easy Do-It-Yourself projects; others, not so much. Below are a few projects that I would suggest you turn over to a professional.

Walls

For extensive wall repairs caused by structural or water damage, call a pro. You may have to demolish the existing wall, replace or repair framing, then install new drywall. It’s usually a two-person job, and requires a professional.

Floors

Consider hiring a professional to install and finish hardwood flooring. Pre-finished flooring doesn’t require sanding and staining, but lining up planks perfectly to baseboards is a task best left to pros.

Electric

For any job that requires direct contact with electricity — such as rewiring, adding power to places where there was none, or installing chandeliers or other heavy fixtures — call a licensed and bonded electrician.

Plumbing

Special skills and tools are required for moving or installing plumbing pipes and fixtures. Other jobs for a plumber to handle include frozen/broken pipes, replacing or removing your tub or shower, and replacing a water heater.

Tile

For big tiling jobs on the walls or floors, hire someone. Laying out, spacing and attaching tile to floors and walls is harder than it looks, especially when cutting tiles to fit small or unusual spaces.

Countertops

Hire a professional to fabricate and install stone, composite, stainless steel, and wood counters. This is exacting and heavy work. One error can ruin the counter and cost you a lot of money.

Tree Removal

While it may seem like a good DIY project to take a chainsaw to a tree, there are many factors to consider for safe removal. For example, trees can come down on roofs, fences or power lines. There is also the possibility that you or your pets can get hurt by fallen limbs. Tree removal is an extensive process that includes culling branches and stump removal. It’s best to hire a local tree service rather than trying to axe it on your own.

Roof Repair

Besides the fact that working on top of a roof is both difficult and dangerous, it can also be detrimental to your home’s structure if you don’t know the proper way to install or repair roofing.

Stay tuned for my next blog about home improvement projects that are truly (and safely) DIY-worthy.

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