Many of us are all about DIY projects, but there are times when DIY is just not an option when it comes to home improvements, home maintenance, and home repair.
If you consider yourself handy and well versed in basic construction, there are some tasks that really should be left to the professionals. Most of you already know which projects you can realistically work on yourself and which projects you will need to hire in a team for.
If you are not quite sure how to tell the difference between simple home improvement and maintenance tasks and projects, read on for some non-negotiable examples of when you need to call in the professionals.
Structural Damage to Your Home
If your home has sustained any type of major damage to due to extreme weather such as flooding, hurricanes or worse yet, earthquakes you might have more damage to your home than you can see just by looking at it.
If you live in an older home, or a home that is classified as a period home or historic property structural damage can occur from leaking water, missing roof tiles, cracks in load-bearing walls amongst other issues. You don’t need a natural disaster to cause damage to period homes
You may need to find a structural engineer to come out to ensure that your home is safe and that its foundation and exoskeleton is structurally sound to keep you and your family safe.
Major Renovation Work
If you are planning an all-out kitchen renovation or you want to gut your basement and turn it into a play area for the kids, or maybe a man-cave for the husband, you will need to enlist the series of a team of professionals. You may have the vision, the will, and the motivation to get it all done and you may be ready to take on the task but trust me, these types of projects are best left to the professionals.
You do not want to tinker around with any type of electrical work or repairs if you are not highly skilled and knowledgeable in this type of construction work.
This type of work can be very dangerous to take into your own hands and truly should be left in the hands of a licensed and insured professional. Electricians are well versed in not only the technical skills that are needed to get the job done correctly, but they are also aware of improvements in renewable technology and how advances in energy tech can be transferrable for the everyday homeowner.
They are also knowledgeable about the varied risks that are associated with electric work such as being electrocuted, water and electricity, and how to avoid the risk of electrical fires caused by faulty wiring jobs and lackluster quality of products that are often used by doing it your-selfers trying to save a buck or two.
Keep your DIY side occupied with smaller weekend tasks that you can work on with the family and leave the big tasks to the professionals!