Know Your Limits
Home Improvement Projects Best Left to Professionals
With the popularity of HGTV, it is often tempting for a homeowner to take on a home repair or improvement project. A successful job can save a ton of money and provide a terrific sense of accomplishment. However, there are some cases where the job is better off in professional hands. Here are a few guidelines to consider:
Electrical - It is better to keep your hands out of the electrical panel and only do small jobs IF you know how (i.e. change an outlet or a light fixture). If there is any doubt, call the electrician. The consequences can be disastrous ranging from frying fixtures and appliances, starting a fire, or electrocuting yourself.
Roofs and Tall Ladders - Simply put, heights are dangerous. Roofs and tall ladders are easy opportunities to severely injure oneself with a simple slip or misstep. It is not worth it.
Tile, Granite, Wood Flooring - The devil is in the details (i.e. the measuring and finishing work) when working with tile, granite, wood flooring, carpeting, etc. A poor installation is so obvious and devalues the overall job. And more often than not, the only fix is to tear it out and start over. It is great to learn these skills over time but start with small project and professionals or mentors who can guide you through the process so you don’t have to start over.
Requires Expensive Tools:
Want to install crown molding? You are going to need a miter saw and pneumatic nail gun (but would that be a framing, finishing or round head gun?). The RIGHT tools make every job easier but not every do-it-yourselfer has these tools and spending the money on them may negate any savings from not hiring a professional.
It is also best to take care with any structural changes and plumbing work. What projects are lower risk for the weekend warrior? Wallpaper removal, painting, changing hardware, and landscaping.
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The Scott Loper Team
Scott & Lisa Loper