Everyone likes a good DIY project. Not only can homeowners save money by doing certain projects themselves, but the work can teach valuable home maintenance skills. As great as do-it-yourself projects can be, there are certain undertakings you should leave for the professionals no matter how much money you will save doing it yourself.
Check out these projects we suggest leaving to the professionals to help you draw the line between savvy DIY investments and biting off more than you can chew.
Plumbing work can get complicated and messy quickly. Especially when it comes to moving pipes, plumbing can involve cutting out drywall, clipping pipes and soldering new ones. Making sure you have the right tools and skills for the job will be more expensive and time consuming than simply hiring someone who can finish the job in a few hours.
Electrical work is one of those tasks that seems simple on the surface but can get dangerous and complicated quickly. Most electrical projects are better left to the professionals for safety reasons. Don’t get caught looking at an open panel of wires wondering which one connects where.
Many people think they can take on any landscaping project because “it’s just the yard.” However, when it comes to building retaining walls and other more involved projects, the expertise of a professional landscaper can’t be overstated. When landscaping blocks aren’t stably laid out, a retaining wall will be lucky to survive a few bad storms, let alone a few years.
Messing with the ventilation in your home can be a dangerous and tricky project. To get to most of the ductwork you will have to remove drywall and mess with seals that keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently.
If you’re looking for a DIY project to help your HVAC system run more efficiently, try replacing your current thermostat with an energy saving programmable thermostat.
Homeowners often take on projects involving tearing out walls because the demolition part seems fun and easy. A couple of swings with a sledgehammer and you’re good to go, right? Not quite. Tearing out a wall requires a lot of forethought about structural support and patching. It’s best to get a professional opinion about whether the home can take the change in load bearing.