Ray Flynn from DIY Guys asked if he could guest write on our blog. While DIY projects are definitely popular right now you should proceed with caution on some of them. Ray details this in his post below.
Look — I love DIY. In fact, I have a whole website dedicated to it. But, like that website, there are some projects that are better left to professionals with the experience, education, and know-how to safely and effectively complete tasks like tree removal, roof repair, and wiring work.
Tackling home repairs and renovations on your own is very rewarding. DIY projects are a great chance to save money, learn something new, and earn some household bragging rights. But there are certain home repair tasks that you just shouldn’t attempt yourself, no matter how many how-to videos you watch. Trying to tackle these jobs on your own can lead to expensive mistakes that can cost you even more money to fix. And some are just downright dangerous!
Hire a local professional for any major project that is out of your reach, including home demolitions, kitchen remodels, and garage construction. You may even want to hire a pro for projects that you can do yourself but aren’t necessarily worth it, such as sanding hardwood floors or finishing sheetrock. When looking for local professionals, be sure to get quotes from several different contractors and read online reviews to ensure your job will get done right the first time.
Before you get out your toolbox, make sure you know which repair projects are better left to the professionals. Here are some of the most fundamental home repair projects you should never DIY.
Fixing your own plumbing problems may seem straightforward enough. According to Wise Bread, there are a few minor plumbing repairs you can make on your own, including replacing a faucet and plunging clogged drains. However, you should definitely hire a plumber for big projects like fixing burst pipes, installing water heaters, clearing clogged sewer lines, and repairing anything underground. Even a small mistake can cause hidden leaks and extensive damage to your house. You should also hire a professional for plumbing projects when remodeling or adding bathrooms to your home. According to HomeAdvisor, it costs about $606 to $2,302 to install plumbing in a home addition in New Orleans.
Attempting electrical repairs on your own is extremely dangerous. Even if you make it through your project safely, common DIY electrical mistakes such as a faulty connection or overloaded circuit can lead to overheating and may even spark a fire. Not to mention the fact that electrical work often requires building permits and strict adherence to building codes. Hiring an electrician for simple electrical projects such as installing a new outlet, grounding an outlet, or replacing a circuit breaker will only cost you about $100 to $200.
DIY tree removals are also extremely hazardous. Professional arborists have the experience and tools needed to fall trees safely without causing damage to nearby structures or neighboring properties. Even if you know what you’re doing, tree removal can be a very time-consuming task. The cost of a tree removal may depend on the height of the tree since many companies charge per foot, according to The Nest. Small trees typically cost about $125 to $450 while very large trees can cost you upward of $1,000 to remove.
Any kind of roofing project—be it fixing leaks or repairing shingles—is best left to the professionals. Roofing repairs even present a danger to skilled workers! Falls from roofs account for one-third of all fall-related construction fatalities. Keep your feet on the ground and hire a professional roofer to make your repairs. A basic leak repair will only cost you $350 on average. If you need your whole asphalt roof replaced, you can expect to pay closer to $19,000.
It can be tempting to get the tools out for any and every home maintenance issue that arises. But in many cases, you’re better off calling in the pros. If you’re itching to stretch your DIY muscles, stick to cosmetic upgrades and minor home repairs. Save yourself from costly—and dangerous—mistakes and know when to hire a professional!