February 5th, 2017 10:04 AM by Jackie A. Graves
General advice says that you
can save some money by taking on some of your home improvement projects
yourself. HGTV tells you that there is nothing you cannot do to improve your
home. That may be true of projects like painting, pressure washing, and gutter
cleaning. However, there are home improvement projects that are better left to
out five home improvements that are not just not DIY friendly, but can actually
be more expensive when you do them yourself.
are a substantial number of home improvement projects that require permits from
the city, and the full list often depends on the ordinances in your local area.
Generally speaking, anytime you need to break or move ground, you require a
many DIY-lovers skip the permit stage altogether, and that gets expensive if a
neighbor tattles on your or an inspect happens to notice. It is also
problematic if the work is being done to help sell your house. Homeowners are
required to list
unpermitted work upon
selling. Not getting that permit can negate the money you saved on doing
yourself in costs later. Basically, if your project requires you to apply for a
permit, seek a professional to get the right permits and do the work for you.
is a relatively easy project, especially compared to plumbing or electrical
work. Nailing asphalt shingles to a flat surface does not require a huge amount
of technical know-how. However, roofing is best left to the professionals
simply because of the sheer scale of the project.
about it. You have been standing on your roof, and working hard for several
hours. It is hot, and you are tired. You are also not completely confident when
walking on the roof. Not only is it more likely that it will take you
substantially longer to re-roof your house than a professional, but you are
also more likely to fall and injure yourself during the project. Any work
requiring more than nailing a few shingles down should be handed over to the
professionals. It will cost more upfront, but generally speaking, a roofing
contractor costs less money than an orthopedic surgeon.
living plans are all the rage in modern home architecture, and homeowners with
older properties are often tempted to remove some of the seemingly needless
walls to make their home feel bigger and brighter. Tempting as that may be, do
not do it.
the walls in your home may be blocking light from reaching dark corners, but
they may also be load bearing walls that support the ceiling in your home.
Knocking down a load bearing wall without replacing the support ends in
disaster. There is no question that your ceiling will come crashing down.
Rather, it is just a question of when it will happen. When it does, it will
cost more to fix than asking a professional which wall is suitable to remove.
who has tried to remodel a kitchen or bathroom knows that plumbing can be
prohibitively expensive for any project. Most of those people have also weighed
the costs of doing the plumbing work themselves. Replacing the showerhead,
hooking up a sink, and installing a washing machine are all jobs that you can
complete on your own with the right tools and a good instruction manual.
However, any time you need to touch a water supply line, or move
a pipe to install an
appliance, you need to call a plumber.
knowing what you are doing can result in small mistakes that quickly result in
huge disasters. Even creating a small leak in a pipe can cause a huge amount of
water damage to your home if you do not have the experience to notice, not to
mention the fact that a big mistake can result in a fire or flood.
a new gas stove is one of those project that should always, always, always be
done by a professional. Connecting a stove to a gas pipe seems simple enough.
You need a
wrench, a pipe, and two thunks to
get it done. But, use the wrong materials, or even under-tighten one of the nuts,
and you can cause a gas leak. Gas leaks are dangerous because not only are you
breathing in gas, but gas leaks often result in explosions, which can kill you
and anyone in the general area.
homeowners should have essential DIY skills for saving extra cash on small
projects. Part of this knowledge includes knowing when to call in the cavalry
and get professional work done for projects that are not DIY friendly.
By Michael Prywes- To view the
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