How DIY Homeowners Can Avoid Extra Costs and Potential Issues
When it comes to repairs and updates, many homeowners opt to do it yourself (DIY) to cut costs and boost the return on their investment. The truth is, there are plenty of home repair and maintenance tasks that most homeowners can take on solo, but there are a few fixes that should always be left up to professionals. Here are just a few examples of DIY mistakes to avoid.
Major Fixes to Pipes or Other Plumbing
If you have a running toilet or a small leak under your sink, Family Handyman suggests you may be able to take care of these small plumbing repairs on your own. Often you just need to disconnect the water and take care of a simple fix. However, if you have more serious concerns about your pipes or plumbing, you can save yourself some extra headaches and hassles by hiring a licensed plumber.
Problems with Wiring or Electrical Systems
As long as you have no other concerns about your home’s electrical system, you can feel confident about completing simple projects such as replacing a ceiling fan. Always remember to turn off the power before doing any electrical work. If you do have concerns, or if you have more complex electrical work that needs to be completed, you shouldn’t hesitate to call an electrician.
While it may seem like a good idea to tackle these repairs on your own to save time and money, those savings are likely to be minimal when compared with the risks of attempting DIY electrical fixes. Not only could you end up short-circuiting something and having to call a pro for more extensive repairs, but you could also wind up in a major emergency. DIY electrical repairs can result in serious injuries or house fires, so don’t risk it.
DIY Fixes That Void Insurance or Violate Local Rules
In some situation, calling professionals instead of attempting improvements on your own is your best bet. For some serious home repairs, however, attempting to DIY can cause liability and / or legal issues.
If you attempt to pump your septic tank, for instance, without the right training and equipment, you could end up having to pay for any damages to your neighbor’s yard if something goes wrong. Moneycrashers.com warns that even if DIY repair mistakes do not violate laws, they could end up voiding insurance or warranties. When in doubt, it’s always best to be cautious and use professionals instead.
In the case of fallen trees caused either by storms or by being cut down due to poor condition, many insurance carriers will pay for debris removal. It’s wise to hire this out to tree removal specialists, which can be sourced through online service directories like Angi. When searching for a pro, be sure to confirm they have the right equipment (if they’re cutting down a tree they may need a cherry-picker and shredder, for example) and are insured. To avoid any hidden costs, be sure you get an estimate before agreeing to the work.
Being able to DIY maintenance and repairs is a great way for homeowners to keep expenses low. But safety should always come before savings when it comes to repairs and improvements. It’s important to know when to go ahead with DIY projects and when to call in professionals.
Prep Work Before Professional Repairs
If you decide to use a contractor for a larger, multi-day project, a common mistake homeowners make when scheduling fixes is failing to prepare their home. When professional contractors come into your home, they don’t always take the time to move furniture or remove decor. If you don’t remove these items beforehand, you could be left with damage that you’ll need to take care of on your own.
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This blog is compliments of Bret Engle of DIYGuys.net
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