Home Repair: DIY or Hire Someone?

The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement has become a mega-trend in the home improvement arena, and now more than ever, people are being encouraged to take their home repair and remodeling projects into their own hands. While going the DIY route is definitely appealing in terms of cost savings, you have to be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. Even in our modern-day world of unlimited access to how-to information via DIY-related websites, magazines and television shows, there are still some home repair projects that are best left up to professionals.

To be sure, there are plenty of small home repair/improvement projects that you can do yourself (e.g., installing shelves in a closet, replacing a sink faucet, etc.), but it is important to know your limits. There are some areas of home repair that require highly specialized skills and professional training, and if your repair work is unsound or incorrectly performed, it could create a dangerous safety hazard, not to mention the amount of money you might have to spend to correct the problem. So in the spirit of saving you time, money and stress, below are 4 areas of home repair that you should leave to the experts.

1. Electrical Work
If there’s any area of home improvement that should not be left up to chance, it would definitely be electrical work. Never attempt any type of electrical repairs or wiring installations unless you have been professionally trained and licensed to do so. Most of us know this already, though–after all, there’s something about the risk of dying from electrical shock or burning your house down that really takes the incentive out of performing DIY electrical repairs.

2. Knocking Out Walls
Most DIY enthusiasts love watching the demolition segments on home renovation shows, and if we’re being honest, there’s a small part of every one of us that would love to take a sledgehammer to some drywall. Think twice, though, because in your attempt to open up some space in a room, you could open up a real can of worms if you knock out a wall that was designed to support the home’s structure. You would be much better off leaving this type of job to an experienced contractor.

3. Plumbing
Plunging a stopped-up toilet? No problem. Replacing a busted pipe? You’re going to need to call a professional plumber for that one. In fact, most plumbing work requires an intimate knowledge of which types of pipes (e.g., stainless steel, copper, PVC, etc.) are most suitable for the particular job being performed, as well as the current ordinance requirements that have been designated by your local municipality. Not only that, but if something goes wrong with your DIY job, you could be looking at costly repair bills due to water damage.

4. Roof Repair
Some of us will avoid this due to nothing more than the fear of heights, but for the braver souls among us, it’s still a good idea to think twice before getting on top of the roof. One wrong step could lead to serious injury, so play it safe and pass the job off to qualified roofing professionals.

Performing DIY home repairs can be fun and empowering, but you have to choose your repair jobs wisely. Keep these points in mind to ensure that your home repairs and improvements are both safe and effective!