The average home renovation costs $43,355. If you're taking home repair services into your own hands, you may find it costs even more. That's because DIY jobs often turn into expensive (and dangerous) projects that affect the whole family.
Are you looking to get things done the right way? Here are 10 home repair services best left to the professionals.
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Why It's Best to Leave Home Repair Services to the Pro's
In a world of Pinterest and YouTube channels, it's easy to get caught up in the idea that any home repair can be turned into a DIY job. Unfortunately, this idea can lead you into a mess of trouble.
First, doing the work yourself is often dangerous, not just to you but to those around you. What may seem like a successful repair job at the moment could lead to a fatal gas leak in the long run.
Doing the repair yourself can also be more expensive than just hiring a professional in the first place. This is because you'll typically have to order new parts, pay to repair the damage you've done, then pay for the original job you were attempting to complete.
Finally, if you're following an online tutorial, there's a good chance you're going to get stuck. Whether it's finding that their equipment is outdated or simply that a step is incomplete, if you're not a professional, there's no way of knowing that instructions won't work until you're in the middle of the job.
While it may seem like a no brainer, it needs to be said: doing electrical work yourself is just plain dangerous. Still, many homeowners think they can do the job themselves.
Not only can a poorly done electrical job lead to shortages throughout the house, but it can also cause electrical fires.
It's also essential to take into account that electrical repairs done by a non-professional will often void your insurance or warranty, so try leaving all tech appliance repairs to the pros as well.
A quick search will bring you to countless plumbing repair videos. That doesn't mean you should try them out for yourself. What may seem like a simple problem could have a more complex cause (like a tree root growing into a pipe).
By “fixing” it yourself, you could cause more damage by leaving leaky pipes that eventually turn to nasty mold problems.
3. Roof Leaks
Roof leaks should be viewed as early signs of a growing problem, since this typically means mold or moisture is trapped in the roof and is spreading, causing the foundation of the roof to become weak.
Often, homeowners view leaky roofs as a “patch it up and forget it” kind of job. While this may fix the problem in the short run, it will lead to much more dangerous and expensive problems in the future.
4. Concrete Work
Doing concrete work yourself isn't necessarily dangerous, but it is costly. That's because finding out that you're laying concrete in the wrong spot 3/4 of the way in will result in a long and expensive job ripping all the laid concrete out. Not fun.
5. Moving Walls
One sledgehammer to the wall can be enough to cause electrical damage throughout the whole house (refer to repair #1). Unless you have the exact blueprints of your home (and know how to read them), it will take a professional to know which walls can go and which can stay.
6. Garage Door Springs
This is another job that can look complete while resulting in a long term problem. With springs not installed properly, they are more likely to move out of place every time you close and open your garage door.
As a result, the garage door can unhinge and fall at any given moment, crushing your car or even worse hurting someone.
7. Attic Fan Installations
Fans are trickier than they look. Not only do they involve a degree of electrical work, but they also require proper weight distribution to keep them from warping or becoming unhinged.
To avoid any flying fans dropping through the floors of your home, try hiring a professional to do the job.
8. Basement Renovations
While you may overlook your basement, it's often the primary room of the house. That's because architects typically place gas and electrical systems in the basement, where they are safely kept.
Unfortunately, this makes basement renovations more dangerous and can easily result in fatal accidents.
9. Structural Work
Installing a few columns or crown moldings should be easy right? Trust us when we say this isn't a risk you want to take. Not only can certain structural installations affect the weight distribution of the home, but if they are not properly installed, they can easily lead to falling and injuring someone.
This is especially the case for homes with small children, who often climb or lean against such structures.
10. Gas Repairs
Last but not least, gas repairs. Gas incidents account for a large portion of household accidents, often because a gas leak can be challenging to detect until it's too late.
This is another repair that can often result in fires or explosions over the long run, as even the smallest, scentless leaks can accumulate over time, making your home a ticking time bomb.
Giving Your Home the Very Best
Hiring professionals for home repair services are just one of the many ways you can give your home the love and attention it deserves.
Tending to your homes decor and interior design is just as important. To take your cozy home to the next level of style, check out our blog on design details.