You may think yourself to be a little handy around the house – and this is a great way of saving some cash on the material, labor etc. And with the internet at your fingertips, it can be very tempting to attempt all sorts of jobs yourself. However, if you are not careful, you could get in too deep and risk spending more to have the issue put right again. Even worse, you could be putting your physical safety at risk. To stop yourself from doing this, here is a handy little guide of jobs you should avoid doing yourself.
There are a number of different reasons why you should hire professional roofers rather than attempting to do the job yourself. First of all, it can be very time-consuming – especially if you are inexperienced. It is also a very labor-intensive job. Beyond this, it can seriously damage your house if you get it wrong. Most importantly, it is dangerous. But when a roofing job is done well, it should last for a couple of decades or more.
Major Plumbing or Electrical Work
Of course, there are plenty of simple plumbing repairs that you can attempt yourself such as a blocked toilet or leaky faucet. And you can also teach yourself to change a plug. But if you start attempting to reroute pipework or rewire your house, you are likely to find yourself in difficulty very quickly. Again, the two risks of the jobs being dangerous and damaging loom over and can’t be ignored.
Installing New Windows
Installing new windows in your home is a job which requires trained hands. After all, you are cutting out a big hole in the side of your house, while making sure that it is both safe and watertight. And if you don’t get it right, the consequences could end up being serious.
There is nothing wrong with attempting a bit of tree maintenance by yourself, but if you are planning on uprooting some entirely, you should think about getting a professional to do it. For larger trees especially, you need to ensure that they fall in the right direction. You don’t want one of those crashing through your bedroom window! At the end of it all, you have a very heavy stump which you have to work out how you are going to haul away somehow.
Insulating your attic seems like it should be a simple enough job that you can take care of yourself. But you may not be aware of what type of insulation you should use, where you should put it etc. And this can then lead to knock-on issues such as poor ventilation, your home overheating, wood rot from moisture buildup etc. And you also need to be careful about watching your step or you could end up falling through the ceiling.
This article isn’t here to put you off DIY. It is just about thinking twice so that you don’t bite off more than you can chew.
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