The average DIYer often has the basic know-how to take on most home improvement projects. However, some projects require greater skill and aren’t worth the risk, money or time to attempt yourself. Here are five home projects better left to the professionals:
1. Remodeling Projects
Major remodeling projects and home additions may cost more money if you try to do them yourself because you risk running into unforeseen issues or losing motivation. Invest in an experienced contractor with the appropriate resources and tools to complete the job correctly and on time.
2. Harmful Toxin Removal
Call a trained professional if you find harmful toxins such as mold, asbestos or lead in your home. An expert will be able to properly remove and dispose of harmful toxins to help keep you and your family safe.
3. Window Replacement
If you need to replace your windows, leave it to the experts—or risk damaging your new windows, installing them incorrectly or voiding the warranty. A qualified professional will help ensure the window is installed and sealed correctly for greater performance and energy efficiency.
4. Foundation Work
A foundation should provide a solid, stable base to support your home. If you notice cracks or crumbling in the foundation, call a professional to ensure your home is safe from serious structural issues. To help protect your foundation, a task you can perform yourself is regularly cleaning gutters to channel rainwater away from your home.
6. Major Plumbing & Electrical
Changing a light switch and installing a new faucet is one thing, but significant electrical and plumbing work requires a licensed professional. Electrical work is dangerous and poses a fire risk. Inexperienced plumbers risk accidental flooding and costly water damage.