Tuesday, January 28, 2014

5 Home Repairs You Should Never DIY

If you're strapped for cash and need a home repair for the smallest cost doing it yourself is sometimes a viable option. I've done some posts recently that have given you some cost cutting tips. I want customers to be well informed and not take it overboard. Some fixes are just too risky or important to risk doing yourself and you should hire a licensed contractor. I'll list my 5 (weird number I know) top projects to not DIY:

1. Removing Asbestos

First of all, do you see how those guys are dressed? That is a smoking gun that removing asbestos is not something you should do yourself. It's dangerous to your health and what dollar value is worth living a health life? To quote the United States Department of Labor
"Breathing asbestos fibers can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis and result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and death. Asbestos also causes cancer of the lung and other diseases such as mesothelioma of the pleura which is a fatal malignant tumor of the membrane lining the cavity of the lung or stomach. "
Hire a professional, please.

2. DIY Tree Removal

 This is such a dangerous task to perform. There's sharp power tools, a large and heavy tree, and possibly houses and innocent people to consider. The cost of you, someone's property, or someone in general being injured by a mistake is much more expensive then just hiring an arborist to handle it.

3. Major Home Structural Changes

Before you go all hulk on your house, take a second and think "there might be something really important that I don't know." Demolition is really dangerous in and of itself but it can create far reaching problems you didn't anticipate like weakening the structural integrity of your home. Also think before doing major bathroom jobs, building a deck, and any other large scale home improvements. There is probably permits and licensing laws that unqualify your handy man (or handy woman) status for certain things. An experienced residential contractor can get the job done professionally and safely.

4. DIY Home Electrical Work

If you get shocked by electricity it wont be this cute. Plus there are permits and other requirements you probably don't meet to be able to pull off electrical work. You could even create a fire or cause some potentially dangerous event weeks or months down the road. You don't want your house to be a ticking time bomb, call an electrician!

5. Home Plumbing

Some plumbing projects are easy to do and by all means you can fix your shower head and plunge your toilet. When it comes to serious or more critical repairs it makes sense to pay someone who makes a living handling your problem. If their are issues with your bathtub or pipes call a plumber. A small mistake on your behalf could mean leaky spouts, damaged pipes, and a water logged house.

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