Some home projects just don’t fall into the DIY category. Perhaps doing the work yourself could cause damage to your house or, worse yet, injure you or someone you love. When you set the cost of service against medical bills and lost time at work, there’s no comparison.
Veteran homeowners learn how to spot the jobs they can do and the ones they should never attempt on their own, but new buyers might need a little more education. Read on to learn about three common jobs that require the services of a professional.
BUILDING AN ADDITION
Adding a room to your house or building a garage builds equity, but it involves more than just putting up four walls and dropping a roof on top. Depending on what type of room you add, you’ll need to worry about electrical wiring and plumbing in addition to structural integrity and safety concerns, including heights and environment hazards.
Additions are a significant investment. Adding a master suite, for example, can cost up to six figures. You might recoup some of that in equity — even up to 74 percent — but any amount is too much to lose if the room collapses because you tried to save money by doing the work yourself.
Serious mold infestations can weaken the structure and — even worse — put everyone living in the home at risk for developing serious health problems. Water damage can lead to growths of black mold behind walls, which can release mold spores into the air of your home. You can safely remove small patches of mold if you take appropriate precautions, among them wearing a mask respirator and gloves, but removal of large infestations will require an expert.
If you remove mold on your own, you can accidentally distribute spores into the air that will settle on other constructional components, worsening the problem. Moreover, an expert will deal with what caused the mold growth in the first place. Because mold thrives in damp, humid spaces, to control mold growth, you must locate and control the moisture. To do this, hire a professional to evaluate your house for water leaks and damp insulation to prevent your mold problem from recurring.
A BROKEN HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM
Homeowners often take their HVAC system for granted, but the heating and cooling system is one of the most important parts of your home. You can certainly perform routine maintenance on your HVAC system — for example, changing a filter — but when your system breaks down, hire HVAC professionals, such as those from Conditioned Air Mechanical HVAC Services, to repair it. Trying to do the repairs yourself could cause you to have to replace your entire system — not a pleasant prospect at the best of times, let alone in the dead of winter.
Even if you think you can safely perform repairs on your home, consider having an estimate done, allowing you to make an educated decision about whether doing your own repairs is worth your while. After all, a professional repairman might require only a couple of hours to do a job that would take you days. After you consider the value of your own time, you might decide that hiring a professional is the smartest move.