Leave These Home DIY Projects to the Experts
Considering a home improvement project so you can get top dollar when selling your home? Some projects are easy to do yourself, but for safety purposes, leave these jobs to the professionals:
Plumbing/gas [which could lead to leaks and flooding]
Not only does a professional plumber have years of experience, but they are certified, trained, and friendly. The old stereotype surrounding plumbers is that they are rude, overbearing men or women, who storm into your home and make a big mess before overcharging you.
With a DIY approach, you’re left flying by the seat of your pants or relying on a YouTube 4-minute clip to give you careful instructions about the intricate plumbing systems of your home. Next time you reach for your own tools, remember this: A DIY approach is not always easier or cheaper than calling a plumber.
Wall demolition [pipes and wiring may be behind the wall or it could be load bearing]
Involving a structural engineer is a good first step. However, it does make the process take longer and potentially become more complicated than a regular renovation.
Whenever you remove a load-bearing wall, you have to add a beam to support the weight, especially if your house has two stories.
A structural engineer will help your contractor come up with a plan, which will keep your home safe when that prominent wall comes down.
Some local governments require the approval of a structural engineer when any wall comes down, regardless of whether it’s load-bearing or not.
Electricity [which can cause electrocution or electrical fires]
It’s important to have an experienced professional inspect your electrical system regularly to ensure that it is safe and up to code. This means that if there are any problems with your electrical system, they will be caught and fixed before they turn into a bigger issue. Rest assured that when you leave electrical work to the professionals, they will take care of everything for you.
Roofing and decking [injuries from falls]
As homeowners, we think we know best, but there are things we can’t see with the untrained eye, that professionals can. Roofing contractors such as Hero Restoration use drones to fly high above the house to get a good look at the peaks and roof decking. Naturally roofing contractors spot out damage that can’t be seen from the ground. Inside the house, there could be a small leak that has settled into the attic. Experienced contractors know exactly where to search to find those leaks. This comes from years of roof repair and installations. Trapped moisture creates a disasters waiting to happen. Debris build-up in gutters must be removed quickly before moisture is allowed to back up in the shingles, or flashing, or roof valley.
Landscaping [improper draining/flooding]
Expert landscapers can identify problems and make suggested maintenance changes to your system that will save you money on your water bill. In addition, a leak-free irrigation system won’t overwater your vegetation, which can also save you from having to replace dead sod or plants.
Source: Adam Long, president of HomeTeam Inspections
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