So you bought your first house and can’t wait to rip up that crummy carpet. Go for it! But if you hit dirt, you might need to call in backup. As more millennials take the plunge into home ownership, it’s becoming more and more common to see DIY projects big and small. Things like carpet removal are doable. But no matter how many tips and tricks you’ve picked up from HGTV, Pinterest, or YouTube, there are some projects that simply aren’t worth the money, time, or risk to do yourself.
Setting Limits on DIY Home Projects
Skill Level for DIY Home Projects:
For some people, DIY is a way of life. For the rest of us, we need to be honest about our skills and level of experience. Sometimes a “simple” job can actually be a lot more complex than it appears. Hire a professional for these projects before you try it yourself and make a mistake that costs way more to fix.
- Paving your driveway
- Custom kitchen and bathroom jobs – backsplashes, flooring, countertops
- Pest removal
- Window Installation
Time Commitment for DIY Home Projects:
Some home improvement jobs can take weeks to complete when you try to do them yourself. For big projects, hiring a professional will mean a quicker and more efficient job done well so you can get back to enjoying your home without interruptions.
- Large landscaping projects
Permission for DIY Home Projects:
Some home improvement projects require permits due to building codes. Save yourself the headache, and possible code violation, by hiring a professional who’s familiar with the process when it comes to these types of jobs.
- Additions and remodels
- Deck or patio addition
- Major electrical/plumbing work
- Pool installation and repairs
Safety Risk for DIY Home Projects:
If there’s any question of your ability to do something without injury or structural damage to your home, it’s most definitely a job for a professional.
- Mold, asbestos, lead removal
- Tree removal
- Roof and foundation repairs
- HVAC system installation and repair
When you’ve decided you need a pro, try to keep the process simple to save you time and headaches. Start by reaching out to a few trusted contractors in your area to get estimates on the work, (recommendations from friends are a great place to start) and then consider price and professionalism before making your decision.
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