Projects Not to D-I-Y
Television today is awash with many real estate based reality shows: shows on buying your first home, buying and flipping homes, buying vacation homes, buying homes all over the world. There are also the programs that focus on D-I-Y, or do-it-yourself projects. In these shows savvy homeowners renovate bathrooms, kitchens, family rooms, etc. And as it is television the results are usually pretty good.
It can be very tempting to tackle some home improvement projects on your own. But before you strap in that tool bag and grab your Sewall, here are some home renovations to that may be better left to professionals.
· Roofing- Most roofing companies have a minimum of three to four people doing a roofing project to insure that the job gets done quickly thereby minimizing exposure of the home to the elements. As a do-it-yourselfer you probably will not be able to complete the project in a short enough period of time to avoid exposing your home to damage from the weather. Plus you also risk serious injury from a fall.
· Electrical-Here is another job probably better left to a licensed professional. Poor electrical work is a safety hazard. There are safety codes that need to be followed and just because you were able to wire something and it worked, doesn't mean you haven't created a potential safety hazard that could jeopardize your home and family.
· Insulation-Homeowners often assume that installing insulation like fiberglass is an easy project. It can be easy to leave gaps that draw heat and moisture into your walls creating a much bigger problem. Insulation contractors usually get a much better deal on the material costs than you would, offsetting the cost of the labor.
· Structural work-This is definitely a project that should be left to a building professional. Structural work or changes should be drawn or approved by an engineer, whose specifications should be followed to the letter.
While many D-I-Y jobs are well within the scope of the average homeowner and can save you money, there are certain projects as those above that make it worth your while to get an expert involved.