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Leave it to the pros: 5 DIY ideas to avoid

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Many homeowners think that DIY projects are a way to savemoney andlearn important home maintenance skills. This is true – sometimes. For certain home improvement jobs, doing it yourself could end up costing you more.

To save yourself the effort and extra expense, here’s a list of 5 DIY ideas best left to the professionals:

  1. Electrical work

    It’s possible to do simple electrical work like changing light fixtures or installing a dimmer switch on your own. But more complicated tasks like extending or adding to electrical circuits need to be done by an expert.

    Professional electricians have the right tools, the skill set, and years of experience in performing all sorts of electrical work to ensure you and your home are safe.

    When inexperienced homeowners try to mess around with their home’s circuitry, they run the risk of electrocution or worse, a fire due to short circuiting.

  2. Plumbing projects

    Plumbing is another vital part of any home that should not be tampered with by unskilled and inexperienced hands.These projects require specialized knowledge and equipment to be done correctly. This is especially true when it comes to repairs or improvementsinvolving plumbing behind walls, ceilings or floors.

    Not hiring a professional to do your plumbing work could cost you even more money in the long run. Take note that a simple leak could cause massive damage if it’s not repaired at the soonest.

  3. Removing walls

    It may seem fun and easy to use a sledgehammer and knock over some walls to open up your home’s space.However, you may end up creating more damage to your home. Aside from the obvious danger of swinging a sledgehammer around the house, homeowners could unwittingly knock down a load-bearing wall.

    In wanting to change the home’s structure, it’s best to consult a professional to make sure everything is safe and up to code. Contractors or building engineers can give you sound advice on whether certain parts of the home can be altered. They can also recommend the best way to make the alterations.

  4. Putting in tiles

    Tiling isn’t just about randomly putting squares on the floor or walls. There’s plenty of planning that goes into putting in tiles like measuring, shaping tiles around faucets, cutting edges, and more. Different tiles also get handled differently like glass mosaic and large format tiles. With so many different factors to consider, it’s best to get a contractor to do the tiling right.

  5. Roofing

    Changing your roof may look easy when it is anything but. The roof is one of the most important parts of the house and if not installed correctly, could lead to a host of problems. To have a roof with a weatherproof system complete with flashing and vents, you’ll need a professional roofer’s help.

    Aside from potential damage to the home, roof repair or improvement is dangerous for non-professionals because it could lead to serious injury or worse.

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