21 Jun 5 Home Repairs You Can DIY And 5 That You Should Not
When you love DIY, it feels like there’s nothing you can’t fix. You own a big box of home tools and you carry out repairs around your home. When your door starts squeaking, you bring out the screwdriver and fix it. Is the TV acting up? No problem; you open up the set to see what’s wrong with it. And so on.
While it is great to be handy with tools and carry out minor repairs, it’s important to recognize when a problem is beyond your capacity. When this happens, it’s time to call a professional.
Below, we outline 5 home repairs that you should feel comfortable handling by yourself and 5 that need specialized skills.
Do it yourself
If you have an issue with any of the following and are handy with tools, then you can fix them easily.
- Fixing a leaky tap
- Installing electrical fixtures
- Unclogging a drain
- Minor furniture fixes
- Maintenance and general cleaning
Hire a professional
Even when you are good at DIY, the following almost always require a professional touch. And if you handle them yourself, you may make things worse or hurt yourself.
- Extensive roof repairs
Cleaning the gutters around your roof is very different from replacing a section of your roofing structure. In addition to not possessing the skill to carry out extensive roof repairs effectively, you may also endanger yourself by not adhering to safety best practices. If you are a new homeowner, take a look at these 4 roof repair tips.
- Interior and exterior painting
Because of how easy the process looks, many people believe painting a house is a piece of cake. Well, it’s not. Sure, anybody can paint a wall and do a decent job, but you need specialized skills to paint a 5-bedroom apartment and its exterior. You’ll also need a lot of niche tools that you wouldn’t have lying around the house.
- Swimming pool repairs
Thankfully, a swimming pool is one of the few home fixtures that people don’t try to repair on their own. And with good reason. Hiring a pool repair professional is way cheaper than the costs you’ll incur if you damage your swimming pool.
- Kitchen and bathroom renovation
Do you want to change 1 or 2 cabinets? Then sure, go ahead. But for an extensive bathroom or kitchen remodel, you want experts handling the renovation. Not only because it’ll look better, but you’ll end up saving money in the long run.
- Door and window replacement
This is another home repair that looks easier than it actually is. Firstly, if you’re not well-versed with doors and windows, you’ll probably end up buying a set that’s wrong for your home, both functionally and aesthetically. And secondly, installing doors and windows goes far beyond screwing in the hinges. You need a pro to do it properly if you don’t want to jeopardize the safety of your home or run up your electricity bill.
DIY is good and it can save you money, but unless you have experience with home renovation, it can do more harm than good. If you live in Almancil and you need professional handymen to carry out repairs in your home, send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org.