As home improvement shows grow in popularity, many homeowners are taking on big home improvement projects DIY. Remodeling your home can increase its value and give your home the appearance and feel you want, but when a DIY project goes wrong, you can end up spending a lot more money than you hoped to save.
It’s great to save money by taking on a home improvement project DIY while increasing the value of your home at the same time, but some projects you should never take on yourself. Here are a few home improvement projects that you should leave to professionals.
If your home improvement project requires the installation or moving of sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, or other plumbing fixtures, then you need to hire a professional plumber. While some plumbing jobs are simple and can be done DIY, large projects should be done by a professional to ensure the installation of pipes and fixtures is done correctly and up to code.
Whenever you have a DIY project that involves running electrical cables, installing new outlets, or working with electrical circuits, you should always use a licensed electrical contractor. The electrical system in your home is complicated and can be very dangerous if you don’t follow proper safety protocols and adhere to strict codes when installing new electrical components and systems.
Shoddy or improperly installed electrical systems can damage appliances or cause fires. Even small jobs, such as installing ceiling fans, can lead to disaster if not done correctly. Get the help of an electrical contractor for large remodeling projects or use a licensed electrician for smaller jobs.
Installing new tiles in a room is a great way to improve the look and feel of a room while increasing your home’s value. However, installing new tile is much harder than it looks. Lining up tiles for the perfect pattern and preparing the surface takes experience and skill. DIY tile projects often go awry and end up taking longer than they should or looking flawed and unprofessional. Use a professional when installing floor and other tiles to ensure the installation looks clean and polished.
If you’re in doubt about a DIY home improvement project, you should always use a professional to ensure work is up to standards. While it’s okay to take on some projects DIY, it’s always wise to ask yourself if you have skills, tools, and time to take on a project yourself.
By Ani Oakes