Monday, July 9, 2018

Home Repair Jobs You Shouldn't Attempt Yourself

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While most of us can tackle basic painting and wallpapering jobs, and some folks are super good with tools, there are definitely some home repairs that require professionals. If you're super thrifty (aka, cheap) like me, it can be easy to try to just do things yourself in order to save some cash. But some of these jobs can go extremely wrong and cost even more money to fix, making you wish you'd just started with the qualified professionals in the first place!  Here are some jobs that are tricky, sometimes dangerous, and often better to leave to others.

Structural Work

Whenever you have to knock a door down, or build an extension, you'll need a professional builder and architect. Without the adequate checks and inspections, you won't be sure your house will stay standing, which is pretty darn important! Likewise, if you want to add a new window, you have to consult with a building professional to ensure that the points and beams are able to support the rest of the wall. In some cases, you will notice a crack in the wall and attempt to repair it yourself. Chances are that the problem is in the foundation, which means you'll need an expert to make sure the problem is not getting more serious.

Heating and Air Conditioning

No matter which type of fuel you're using, you shouldn't attempt to fix your heating and air conditioning system on your own. Modern furnaces are extremely complicated, and may actually need a diagnostic tool to find out whether the board has blown or there is dust in the fan, which is making it less efficient. You should sign up for a regular maintenance plan to prevent the most expensive repairs. Check out ABC Home & Commercial AC Repair to find out more about the packages and deals offered to homeowners. 


Electrical Issues

Electricity can be dangerous, and you can damage your home or your health if you don’t know exactly what you're doing. Every modification in the house should be approved for safety, including the installation of a heat pump, or even something simple like adding a mood light in your living room or dining room. Unless you really know you're stuff, leave these tasks to a qualified electrician. When things go wrong and your fuse box gets damaged, at least you'll be covered by the insurance of the company providing the service. If you try to do the job yourself, anything that goes wrong will be considered carelessness, and the insurance company is not likely to pay out! 

Roof Leaks

No matter how invincible you're feeling, you will not have the skills and equipment to stay safe on your roof. I repeat- you won't. While you might want to keep the wind and the rain out of your house, and save money at the same time, it's not worth it to risk an accident. Not to mention, you won't have the professional tools to complete the job, and will have no idea which concrete to use to fix the tiles on the roof. Roofing companies are insured to make sure that they don’t damage your property and provide guarantee on their work. Leave it to them! 


Garage Door Failures

If your remote on your garage door is gone, you will not be able to fix it yourself. The microchip inside the remote control will need to be programmed by a professional. If there are mechanical issues as well, you'll find it hard to locate the right parts and identify the issue. Since you'll want to keep your valuables and your car safe, you will have to get this fixed at some point. Instead of tackling this on your own, talk to a professional who can give you advice on avoiding further issues and making sure that your locks are safe and secure. 

Security System Issues

When your home alarm is not working the way it should, it's important that you get in touch with the company that installed it. If you don’t do this, you'll risk your valuables and your personal safety. In order to successfully claim on your home insurance, you'll need to get the installation and servicing of your security system completed and signed off by a professional installer that is accredited by the insurance company.

Floor Polishing

You might think that polishing wooden floor or laminate is super easy. In reality, it is a DIY job that often goes wrong. You might choose the wrong machine when you visit your hardware hire shop, or even the wrong polish, and you'll end up paying for a new floor. (And nobody wants that!) This will cost you much more than if you'd have just left the floor polishing and dusting to someone who's done it several times before.

While you might be confident enough to tackle some of the DIY and repair jobs around the house, when it comes to dangerous work and that requiring expertise, you might be better off paying someone who has the skills, accreditation, insurance, and guarantees. Protect the health and safety of your family by outsourcing the above jobs. There are definitely some jobs that are worth doing on your own, but these really aren't! Do you have any DIY jobs gone wrong? What else have you learned to leave to a professional?


1 comment:

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