If you own your own home, you’re probably always looking to find ways to save money on maintenance and repairs. Luckily, the world of DIY has now become easier than ever with the help of the Internet and instructional videos about almost anything that could go wrong at home. But despite this, there still are some projects that you really should leave to the professionals for one reason or another.
To help you know what these projects are and see where you should draw the line with your DIY work, here are three home repairs you should never do on your own.
Some of the most obvious types of home repairs that you should never try to do by yourself, unless you’re a professional in your own right, are structural repairs.
While it might sound easy to mud jack or foam jack your home’s foundation, getting something wrong when making repairs or adjustments to the foundation of a structure could have severe consequences. According to Discover.com, you should also be careful when it comes to knocking down walls in your home. If you remove a wall or other structural element that was bearing some of the load of your home, you could wreak havoc with the overall integrity of the structure. So while you might not like paying to have someone come and do this work, it’s going to be much safer for everyone if you do.
Another area of your home where it’s better to leave maintenance and repairs for a professional is on your roof.
In some instances, you may feel like you can easily take care of whatever small problem your roof is having. And for some people, this may be true. But according to AC Shilton, a contributor to Men’s Health, ⅓ of all construction deaths are caused by someone falling off a roof, even for people who do roof work for a living. Especially if you have a particularly steep roof or have a fear of heights, it’s definitely best to leave these tasks to a professional.
Things Involving Water Or Electricity
Finally, Emilie Sennebogen, a contributor to How Stuff Works, states that any household repairs that involve water or electricity are safer to be dealt with by trained plumbers or electricians. If something were to go wrong with these fixes, not only could you cause a lot of damage to your home, but you could also put yourself and others in physical danger. So while tiny adjustments might generally be fine to do on your own, anything bigger than this should be farmed out to someone else.
If you fancy yourself a DIY expert, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you determine when a project is over your head and best left to a professional.