There comes a time in every “handy homeowner’s” life when they’re about to venture into a home renovation project and they have to ask themselves “can I actually tackle this project on my own?” Well, depending on the type of project it is, and if you’re willing to get your hands dirty, then go for it! But when it comes to taking on DIY projects, safety needs to be your first concern.
Being that you’re not a professional in the home renovations department, you need to use your better judgment when it comes to safety. There are signs you can look at that will help you better determine whether or not you need to hire a professional or you can do it yourself.
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When It’s Safe to DIY
- When your home reno project is small enough that you can easily read or watch a tutorial and execute the project without any help.
- You look at your home reno project less as a task or something that NEEDS to be done but more so as something you enjoy doing.
When You Need to Hire a Professional
- If any mistake you make, regardless of how big or how small, even has the potential to cause bodily damage or damage to your home.
Projects to Call the Pros For
Although DIY projects save you money, are you really getting the quality results you wanted by doing it yourself? You have to think about it realistically. Being that you’re not a professional, are you really willing to sacrifice the quality and functionality of a project just because it costs less than what a professional would charge?
Let’s not forget that the saying of “you get what you pay for” does have some truth in it so just keep that in mind because there are certain projects and home upgrades worth the investment into your home when done by professionals. Take a look at these home renovation projects that you need to hire the pros for.
Painting the Cabinets in Your Kitchen
Okay, so painting kitchen cabinets don’t seem like the services of a professional is needed right? To most people, yes… it seems like a no-brainer… you pick out the color you want, and then get to painting! Well, that’s what most people think but the one thing that people don’t even think about is the fact that painting kitchen cabinets are a lot more work than picking out a paint color.
With kitchen cabinets, a lot of times there is grease build up and fingerprints on the surface of the wood. So, do you know what that means? That means you’re going to need to clean the cabinets with a degreasing solution. Not only that but if you want your cabinets to look really good, you’re going to need to get the right kind of paint and a paint sprayer.
Taking this project on as a DIY project is a major task that requires a lot more than most even realize. Hire a professional painter to get it done right.
Installing New Lights in Your Home
It doesn’t matter how many YouTube videos you’ve watched, when it comes to any type of electrical work that needs to be done in your home, you need to hire an electrician… Point. Blank. Period. You not only run the risk of getting shocked but you’re also looking at the possibility of doing more damage to your home with popping breakers and outlets that spark, which can then lead to fire and safety issues.
Fixing Roof Repairs
According to doityourself.com, nearly 170,000 people go to the hospital due to injuries involving ladders. So keep that in mind and don’t become a statistic by joining the others with hospital visits from trying to fix your roof. Even the smallest leak in a roof can put you in so much danger.
A wrong step on the roof or a weak area of the roof can leave you paralyzed and even dead. This is definitely one of those moments to use your better judgment… hire a roofing professional and save yourself the grief of it all.
Coming to Grips With Reality
The reality of DIY versus hiring professionals is that not all home renovation projects are meant for “handy homeowners.” You have to realize, the people in these various areas of home renovation and construction had to undergo specialized training and education to even be able to do the work they do. So don’t always assume that because they can do it, you can to… you have to think smart. There’s no home renovation project worth putting your life or home at risk.