While there are many places for homeowners to cut costs with simple DIY home repairs, with some projects there are safety risks and a potential for creating an expensive problem. Here are some DIY home repairs homeowners should not attempt to do.
1. Electrical repairs
For any electrical job more complicated than changing a lightbulb, homeowners should call a licensed electrician. While this can be perceived as expensive, a licensed electrician is well worth the money. According to Discover.com, licensed electricians have extensive specialized training which can make their services pricey but worth it. Do-it-yourselfers risk creating extensive damage and severe bodily injury if electricity is handled incorrectly.
2. Gas-related repairs
Licensed professionals should always be used to install and repair gas appliances. In order to minimize the risk of a gas leak, the technician must be aware of a number of factors, such as allowing for proper airflow and clearance. Homeowners should look elsewhere to save money and never attempt gas-related DIY home repairs without the assistance of a licensed technician.
While plumbing repairs will most likely not pose a safety risk, executed incorrectly, they can cause damage that would greatly exceed the cost of a licensed plumber. The main issue with plumbing is that it involves water that, if leaking onto expensive flooring and fixtures can cause mold and other damage. Of particular concern are issues with sewage or hot water lines. Homeowners should never do those without professional help.
Clearly working on a high roof or ladder without proper safety apparatus poses a real risk of severe injury or even death. Inexperienced homeowners should never attempt to do this type of work on their own. Furthermore, as How Stuff Works explains, roof repairs executed by non-professionals can often be ineffective and might cause expensive water damage.
5. Structural rebuild
Home repair and remodeling TV programs make it look easy for a homeowner to knock down a wall with a sledge hammer. However the structural integrity of a home can be compromised if a novice remodeler unknowingly decides to hammer away at a load bearing wall. Additionally, some walls contain electrical and water lines which, if disturbed, can cause a safety risk and costly damage.
6. Basement upgrades
Remodeling a basement differs from renovating other rooms. According to The Spruce, an expert contractor will understand and properly address issues related to moisture and insulation and ensure compliance with fire and vapor blocking codes. Additionally, extensive electrical and plumbing work might be required to fully transform a basement into livable space.
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