As a responsible homeowner, you should and will take care of many maintenance projects on your own. However, there are some jobs that should always be left to professionals, whether it’s for time, efficiency, or safety. It can be detrimental to your future budget and the appraisal of your home when you opt to sell it. To make sure you’re aware of possible risks, here are some common home repairs you should never do yourself and some smart solutions for when you do need a professional.
When You Have a Major Problem with Pests
If you have a random rodent or bug in your home, you may be able to take care of that pest on your own. But for more serious problems, such as termite infestations, you will want to call in the pros – without question. Using pesticides and trying to address pests on your own can expose you and your family to potentially toxic chemicals that you are not trained to handle. Plus, you may not be able to take care of the infestation completely. So, if you have termites or rodents in your home, leave the dirty work to the pros. You should also check to see if your insurance covers termite repair, as well as any other serious pest-related issues around your home. The average cost to repair termite damage is $3,000.
When You Have Big Plumbing or Electrical Issues
Pests are not the only reason you should consider calling in the pros. If you are experiencing major problems with your plumbing, you may be better off calling professional plumbers as well. Those major problems include burst pipes or even low water pressure in your home. If you do not call a plumber to catch leaks or issues early enough, you could be left paying for water damage repair to your home. What’s more, a hefty water bill can cost you a few extra hundred dollars depending on the severity and longevity of your leak. The only DIY plumbing projects you should attempt are the simple ones, such as unclogging a toilet or repairing a running toilet. Electrical work falls under the same set of DIY rules, and a good rule of thumb, you should always hire a certified electrician to deal with any electrical problems in your home.
When You Could Be Legally Responsible for DIY Damages
Okay, so there are a lot of maintenance tasks homeowners can take care of on their own. You can change out your batteries in your smoke detectors or clean the foils under your refrigerator to keep things running smoothly. But there are some repairs and maintenance jobs that won’t save you time or money to do on your own. In fact, they could land you in big trouble. Most of those repairs are actually illegal for homeowners to DIY, and trying to work around the rules could leave you paying for any resulting damages on your own. For instance, if you attempt to cut down a tree on your property and you damage your neighbor’s fence, you could be liable for the costs of those repairs, as well as any resulting legal fees. So, it’s best to shell out a few bucks for a pro when safety is a top priority.
When You Aren’t Completely Confident in Your DIY Abilities
If a repair is not very complicated or illegal to DIY, should you attempt it on your own? Well, the answer depends on your comfort level with handling home repairs. There are tons of online tutorials that can take you through the steps of basic home maintenance and repairs, but you may not have the time or patience to tackle repairs on your own. Whatever your reason, sometimes it’s just best to get help from a pro. You may not even need a full-scale contractor; instead, you can have a handyman service take care of these tasks, which can take a lot of pressure off of you and prevent additional issues for your house. The average cost of hiring a handyman in San Angelo is $929, but costs will vary based on the time it takes to complete the job.
Trying to take on certain home repair tasks on your own can have major consequences. So, make sure you know when it’s okay to DIY and when to call the pros. That knowledge can protect your home, as well as the people living in it.
Ray Flynn is a civil engineer and co-creator along with Bret Engle of DIYguys.net.