While DIY jobs can seem like fun and saving money, like a home makeover, most of the time they end up creating additional work and expenses. You may think you know your home pretty well, but no one knows it like professionals whose jobs are to take care of people’s homes. Let’s look at some jobs that should definitely be left to professionals.
1. Electrical Work
Unless you are a professional electrician, you shouldn’t do any electrical work around your house. Replacing a light fixture or installing a new one in your new home can seem like an easy job, but voltages need to be matched and the power needs to be completely off.
You need to know what every wire does to be able to this seemingly easy job, let alone something more complicated than that. Anything can go wrong, from ruining the electrical wiring in your whole home to getting electrocuted and putting your life at risk.
2. Installing and Servicing an Air-Conditioning Unit
There are so many things you probably won’t think about when buying an air-conditioning unit. Consulting a professional licensed by the ARC is crucial for finding the right fit for your home. They will tell you what type is the best for your home based on the size of it and your heat isolation, and where best to put it.
It should go without saying that installing the unit above a window will lower its efficiency. When you find the right fit, hire them to install it, as it involves electrical work and alterations in your wall. Cleaning the air-conditioning unit, however, is a simple task you can do yourself.
3. Painting the Kitchen Cabinets
This is more different than painting any other cabinets in your home than it seems. There is always a high buildup of finger oils and cooking grease not always visible to the naked eye that requires thorough cleaning before anything can be done further.
Your kitchen cabinets also require oil-based paint, as it protects the wood better and shrinks less as it dries. With this kind of paint, additional safety measures and special equipment are a must. A professional will know all of this, and how to do the job promptly while keeping the rest of your surfaces safe.
4. Fixing a Roll-Up Garage Door
This one is simply not safe for someone who doesn’t know all about it. The tension on the springs can be way too high and can seriously injure someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
There are too many tools you need but probably don’t have, and too many safety measures you probably don’t know about. For your safety, hire someone to do this for you.
5. Mounting an Appliance to the Wall
Finding a TV holder, for example, and screwing it to the wall seems like an easy task. Until, one day, you find your TV lying broken on the floor below a seriously damaged wall, that is. This task requires very precise measuring and steady hands to begin with.
You need to match the weight of the load with the holder. You also need to know the type of the wall and whether there are wires or plumbing where you want to put the holes. Are you absolutely positive you know all this? If not, call a professional. They know these things.
6. Plumbing Is a Hard No
For most people, ignoring the issue and hoping a leaky pipe will magically stop leaking is the first step. The second is trying to fix that on their own. This is followed by the inevitable third step, calling a licensed plumber to fix the issue that is likely far worse at this point.
Skipping the first two steps should be a no-brainer. Hire a professional as soon as you notice a problem or realize you need something done. While trying to do the plumbing yourself won’t put your life at risk as electrical work does, it can be far messier and costlier. Aside from messing up your bathroom or kitchen, you can also ruin any room located below it. Replacing a pipe, fixing the low water pressure, or reliable toilet installation should always be done by someone who truly knows the matter.
7. Fixing Your Roof
No matter how simple they may seem, roofs are very tricky and have a very important role. Aligning the roof tiles poorly can result in moisture in your walls, which is damaging for your house and harmful for your health. Hiring a roof mechanic can take a toll on your bank account, but in the long run, it is the safest way to go about fixing any damage in our roof.
8. Installing a Built-In Dishwasher
This is easily one of the most dangerous ones because it involves both electricity and water. Aside from the dangers of it, not measuring the kitchen and the washer right can end up in a very obvious DIY job. If hiring someone to do it for you is out of your reach at the moment, you may want to consider a freestanding dishwasher.
There were probably a few times you thought “But I can still do this and that alone!” while reading this list, but these particular problems can appear in many different situations. Before rolling up your sleeves and doing the work yourself, consider all the potential outcomes. It will save you time, money, and stress.
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