it comes to home improvements, it’s difficult to know when to do it yourself
and when to hire a professional. We have the low down on when to draw the line
– it usually involves things like plumbing, electricity, expensive materials
and renovations that are downright dangerous. So before you try to get handy
with a hammer, consult this list to see what you should never attempt yourself.
it comes to making electrical adjustments, there are too many technicalities to
do it on your own. Electrical standards have to be met so that wires aren’t
over-heated, circuit breakers aren’t overworked, and someone needs to make sure
that everything is wired correctly throughout the house. You need advanced
electrical knowledge to do this job so it’s best to hire a certified
Breaking Down Walls
you want to break down walls to open up your space, don’t do it yourself. Walls
support the structure of the house, so weight-bearing and support walls have to
be dealt with accordingly. A professional will have an in-depth understanding
of the structure of the house, and they’ll be able to identify a cosmetic wall
versus a support wall to get the job done right.
Building or Renovating the Bathroom
renovations that don’t involve moving the plumbing pipes can be done on your
own, but you should hire a plumber for anything more complicated. If the job
isn’t done correctly, it will cause a lot more headaches than it’s worth.
Poorly done pipe installations could lead to leaks that drip through the
drywall and could cause water damage throughout the house.
Finishing the Basement
it comes to renovating the basement, there’s a lot of room for error. Before
you put up new walls and flooring, you need a professional to make sure the
insulation is correct and that there are no cracks or leaks in the foundation
or on the floor. You’ll also need someone to take care of the electrical.
is no shortage of professional window companies who can replace windows at a
low price. For the low cost of this renovation, hire a professional – if it’s
not done properly, it could lead to air leakages that let hot and cold air
escape, ultimately raking up your hydro bill.
Working with Granite or Marble
Whether you’re installing new countertops or tiles,
when working with such expensive materials like granite or marble it’s best to
hire a professional to do the measurements and installation. If you make a
mistake, the cost is too high to make it worth doing it yourself.
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