With winter not that far away, many homeowners are looking to complete some last-minute DIY jobs before the nights become darker and the weather starts to turn. However, while doing your own DIY jobs can help you to save a lot of money, there are some home improvement projects that you should never do without professional assistance. We’re going to take a look at five of them in this article.
If your electrical job can be fixed by changing a fuse or flipping a switch, you’ll probably be okay. However, if your electrical job involves replacing faulty wires, don’t even consider trying to do it yourself. Those who complete electrical work without the proper training are not only risking their life, but also potentially causing a fire hazard. All electrical jobs should be completed by a qualified electrician.
Garage Door Repair
Replacing a garage door may seem like a simple job at first glance, but it’s not something that can be done with the tools you have lying around the house. For one thing, purchasing the tools that you need to do the job correctly isn’t a good financial decision for most people, and for another, performing the job incorrectly can lead to serious injury. Can you imagine how much damage would be caused if your 100lb garage door came crashing down on you?
Working at heights is something that requires specialized equipment, and is something best left to those with OSHA training. Not only are you at risk of a significant fall, but roof work is also rarely as straightforward as it may first seem. Some amateur roofers have been known to waste a lot of material that they didn’t need, and many others have found to their detriment how poor their DIY skills were during the first wind or rain storm of the season. If your roof blows off because you didn’t secure it properly, it’s unlikely your insurance will cover it.
Are you able to cut down a tree correctly and ensure it lands on the ground safely? If not, you should not be removing trees from your property. If you get this DIY job wrong, the tree could end up landing on your car, on your property, or even on your neighbor’s! An experienced tree surgeon will take a lot of things into account before cutting into a tree, ensuring it lands exactly where he wants it to. Even just removing the odd branch is something that should be done by a professional who is trained and has the correct safety equipment.
Finally, sanding floors is a skill that needs to be developed over time. Unless you have a lot of experience doing this, you’ll likely botch the job and need to pay for your floor to be replaced. Amateur work is also instantly recognizable, even if you think it looks okay. Depending on the situation, this may even lower your home’s value. Don’t risk it; hire a pro!