DIY Don’ts: 13 Times You Shouldn’t DIY

Home care maintenance and home improvement projects can get incredibly costly, so it makes sense why so many homeowners try to do what they can themselves before they call in a professional. This has the potential to save you a lot of money, but it’s important to note that this is only possible if you have the skills, tools, and knowledge to get the jobs done properly. Home improvement shows and online tutorials make many of these tasks look easy, but, more often than not, this is not the case. Before you pick up your tools and start working, you need to ensure that nothing will go wrong. With that in mind, here are thirteen jobs you should leave to the pros.

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  1. Exterior Paint Jobs

As any keen DIYer will know, painting your home is one of the quickest, easiest, and cheapest ways to transform your house and give it a new lease of life. Unfortunately, however, this is only true in regards to your interiors. Painting the exterior walls of your property is a little trickier and can also be fairly dangerous. If you get it wrong, you might end up with a less than attractive home and a few injuries to boot. Instead of risking your time, money, and life trying to do it yourself, you should call in professionals, who have the experience to get it done right the first time.

  1. Cutting Down Trees

Trees can make a wonderful addition to your front or back garden, giving you a place to build a treehouse, hang a swing, or just relax under on a warm summer’s day. That being said, they can also be quite the nuisance, dropping leaves, twigs, and sometimes even entire branches. To remedy this, many homeowners choose to remove the trees from their property. This might not seem like a massively complicated task, but it is, and, if done wrong, can cause major damage to you, your home, and your car. For this reason, calling a pro is always a sensible decision.

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  1. Major Electrical Work

Many homeowners do possess some knowledge of electrical work, so, if your electrical issues can be solved by changing a fuse or flipping a switch, then you should be fine handling them on your own. If your problems revolve around wiring, however, then you shouldn’t even think about it. Tackling electrical work without proper training can lead to nasty shocks and even electrical house fires down the line. Instead of playing with that fire, you should leave anything beyond replacing a light fitting to people that definitely know what they’re doing.

  1. Complex Plumbing Jobs

Unless you have experience as a plumber, most home plumbing problems warrant speaking to a professional. Although you can learn plenty about different types of piping and even diagnose your plumbing issue yourself, this information won’t give you the skills or tools you need to fix it. Even the smallest of mistakes could lead to leaks, flooding, water damage, and extensive repairs, all of which will likely cost you more than what a professional plumber’s time would have. There’s no point in risking it when you don’t actually need to.

  1. Installing Gas Appliances

Like electricity and water, gas is a utility that can be incredibly dangerous in the wrong hands. Most people realise that it’s explosive, but it is also incredibly poisonous, meaning that you might not notice you’ve made a mistake right away. When you buy a new gas appliance, you usually have the option to add installation onto your order. To save yourself time and worry, it’s important that you take this opportunity. Even if this service isn’t offered, it’s relatively easy to find a professional to handle this task. Always stay on the safe side and avoid jobs involving gas.

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  1. Repairing The Roof

Now that summer is over, and the weather has turned damp and cold, you need to make sure that you have your roof inspected and repair any leaks or damage that might have occured since it last rained. This will save you money on energy, prevent pests from entering your home, and, of course, help you to avoid water damage. While you can look in the loft for leaks yourself, you should leave the actual roof inspection and repair work to insured and experienced professionals. This will keep you safe and stop you from making any costly roofing mistakes.

  1. Clearing Out Pests

Throughout the autumn and winter, you might find a range of pests trying to make your home their own, from birds and feral cats to mice and rats. It’s important that you don’t try to remove these pests on your own and instead call a pest control agency. This ensures that the job is done properly, without risking your health. That being said, there is a lot of work that you can do to try and prevent these pests from entering your home. For example, you should avoid leaving any food out and block up any potential entrances, like open doors and windows.

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  1. Garage Door Repairs

An open garage door is an ideal entrance for anything creepy or crawly trying to infest your property. For this reason, you need to make sure that yours is kept closed when you’re not using it. Of course, when your garage door is broken, this can be a little tricky, but you shouldn’t attempt this repair job on your own. Garage doors and their openers can be incredibly complex, so tinkering with them can result in irreparable damage, both to the door and to you. The tools you need are also incredibly expensive, so it tends to be cheaper around to work with a professional.

  1. Concrete Paving Jobs

Driveway repairs and concrete paving jobs look incredibly easy at first glance, but they’re actually a lot trickier than they first appear. Trying to attempt this work yourself could lead to uneven and cracked walkways and steps that look unsightly and can also be treacherous to anyone walking on them. Instead of risking an injury or lawsuit from someone else who was injured, you should let the guys with the necessary equipment and skills take care of this job. There’s no point in wasting your time on work that probably won’t serve its purpose when you’re done.

  1. Knocking Down Walls

Most home renovation shows have the host merrily whacking away at walls without a care in the world. What you don’t see during this episode is a structural engineer examining the wall to make sure that it’s safe. Trying to knock down a load-bearing wall could cause your house to collapse, so you shouldn’t be too hasty with your sledgehammer. It’s also important to remember that walls can conceal all kinds of things, from wiring and pipes to asbestos. Instead of risking damage and health issues, you should call in people that know what they’re doing.

  1. Cleaning The Chimney

As soon as the cold weather hits, most of us want to light a fire and cozy up in front of the TV. Before you do this, you need to make sure that your chimney is prepared. Cleaning your chimney should be near the very top of your end-of-summer home checklist, as not doing it could result in chimney fires, poisonous gases, and more. Although this is a job that you may be able to handle yourself, professionals have the tools and knowledge to spot problems you might not. With that in mind, calling out a professional cleaning service is always your best option.

 

  1. Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Picking the perfect colour scheme is the least of your worries when it comes to painting your own kitchen cabinets. This task can seem relatively easy, much like painting a shelf or dresser, but it’s actually a lot more complicated than that. After all, kitchen cupboards tend to be covered in a buildup of oils and grease, making it incredibly difficult to achieve a quality paint finish. To remedy this, you need to prepare the wood with extensive cleaning, which often involves specialist equipment. Skilled painters have these tools and the skills necessary for a good job.

  1. Moving Heavy Furniture

Moving house is a task millions of people accomplish on their own every year. However, if you have to move any furniture that is particularly heavy, then you can save yourself time, money, stress, and injury by calling in professional movers. In fact, this service is useful whenever you have to move furniture, and not just when you move house. These pros have the training they need to move furniture safely, as well as insurance for when things don’t quite go to plan. There’s no point in putting your body and belongings at risk when help is available.

 

There’s nothing wrong with being a keen DIYer, but you do need to know your limits. Putting your belongings, home, and life at risk simply isn’t worth the small amount of cash you might save in the short term. With that in mind, you should leave the projects listed above to the professionals.

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