When you’re watching the latest episode of your favorite home improvement show and want to do the same around your home you may need to reconsider. Although television shows make some of these project seem easy the fact is they can be dangerous and very difficult especially for an ametuer. Before you consider a home improvement project for your home be sure to read some of the tips below to understand if you truly need to do this on your own.
Making the Decision to do a Home Improvement Project Yourself
Before you begin any home improvement project be sure to first plan out the entire project. Even if you plan on hiring a home improvement contractor you’ll need to plan out the project both in time and expenses. This can also help you if you plan on doing the project yourself as well because you’ll know better your schedule. I’ve compiled some tips below that can help you determine if you should do the project yourself or not.
A Difficult Job May Not Be So Difficult for a Contractor
Sometimes there are jobs and projects that we can do but it may not make much sense to do so on our own. For instance, if your home needs a trench to help with drainage or move water about you can take a shovel and dig it yourself. If the trench is long then it may take all day digging when you can hire a contractor that can do it in less than one hour. Another project such as stump grinding is also a very time consuming process if you don’t have the right tools and machinery. Sometimes it’s easier and cheaper to hire a contractor than to do it yourself.
Doing Electrical Work Yourself and Why You Shouldn’t
Almost all of the larger home improvement projects will involve electrical work. Any electrical work needs to be done by a qualified electrician. If you don’t use a qualified electrician you could be risking your entire home. Fires due to faulty wiring are real and can destroy your home. And if you attempt to do the electrical work yourself you can be risking have a fire.
Another important note is that many states and local laws prevent the home owner from doing any of the electrical work themselves. If you do the work yourself you’ll still need an electrical contractor to sign off on the work which is unlikely unless you pay them for work you’ve actually done. Consider doing some of the home improvement project yourself and hire an electrical contractor for any wiring or electrical work.
Is Your Plumbing Correct?
When you’re considering a remodel of your kitchen or bathroom you’ll likely have to do some plumbing work. Having a plumbing contractor come in and do the work is best because you’ll need to have them for the final inspection. Another problem you may have when doing your own plumbing is that you won’t be able to test it during the project. You may need to almost complete the project before you can test the plumbing and if something is wrong you may need to remove all the work you’ve done. A certified plumber will have devices and tools to make sure the plumbing is done right with no leaks and that drains flow properly. Check with your local government on inspections and if you can do the plumbing yourself. Some places only allow a certified plumber to do any of the plumbing work in your home.
There’s Real Danger in DIY Projects
Doing a home improvement project can give you a sense of accomplishment. I think that’s what attracts most people to do their own home improvement projects. However, while the allure of this accomplishment may be great it can also be very dangerous. Doing a project yourself can be dangerous and you can get hurt if you make a mistake. Projects such as repairing a leaking roof can be extremely dangerous and you could get seriously injured or even killed from a fall. These home improvement projects like roof repairs should be left to roof contractors. Risking your life to save some money simply isn’t worth it.