For some home projects, it’s better to have a sense of perspective about your own abilities. Today I’ll talk about five home projects you’d do better to leave to the experts.
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What’s the worst mistake you can make when selling your home? Well, if you’ve ever gotten your home ready to sell, you know that you need to do certain things to get it in salable condition, whether that’s painting, making repairs, or renovating. Those projects can add up.
Experts agree that one of the biggest mistakes people make is doing these projects on their own when they aren’t experienced enough to do so. With that in mind, today I want to discuss some projects you should probably avoid attempting on your own.
1. Drywall repair. You can certainly paint your home by yourself, but if your drywall has cracks or dents in it, it’s usually better to hire a professional first to make the repairs, then you can paint it afterwards.
2. Advanced electrical problems. Replacing a light fixture might be a good DIY project, but if a project requires you to get into the electrical panel, experts say that’s where you need to leave it to the professionals. It’s very easy to hurt yourself or cause a fire, especially if you’re dealing with an older house.
3. HVAC repairs. The heating and air conditioning systems in your house are very complex, and they’re often times connected to both the gas and electrical systems. Doing something wrong here could blow the entire system, making the repair even more costly.
4. Plumbing. Some plumbing tasks, like snaking a toilet, tackling a leak, or unclogging a drain could be good DIY projects. However, replacing pipes might sound simple enough, but you might find that after attempting it, it’s more complicated than you thought. Hire a professional to get the job done right.
5. Tree removal. Removing all the roots of a tree is more complicated than you might think. The process requires special tools to cut it down and get everything out of the ground. You certainly don’t want to be the neighbor who had a tree fall on the house next door.
If you don’t have the experience and the right tools to accomplish a project at home, or if you have any questions about projects that you’re not sure you should attempt yourself, please reach out to us. We can refer you to vendors and contractors we trust to help you get the job done.