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When you’re trying to improve or maintain your home, you want to keep costs down. There are a lot of things you’d be surprised to learn you can do yourself at home without much experience!
That being said, there are some things that you should always call an expert for. Some projects or repairs are too complicated or important to leave to a DIY job, and the cost of doing the project yourself might end up being more than just hiring an expert. Here are five things to always call an expert for:
Heating and Air Repairs
There’s nothing worse than the air conditioner or heater in your house going out. It always seems to break at the absolute worst time, and repairs can be costly. We had this happen a couple summers ago, in a Texas summer! NO FUN!! However, don’t try to fix this one yourself unless you have HVAC experience.
These expensive systems are easy to make worse if you fiddle with the wrong thing or remove the wrong part. The best way to keep costs down is to regularly service your heating and air systems at least once a year. Use a professional who can maintain your system before an expensive problem arises.
A lot of older homes can definitely use an update or two. Whether you want to break down a wall in your living room or convert a single-family home to a multi-family home, you should bring in a professional. You never know what you’ll find behind the walls, and once you start bringing them down, you can’t stop mid-project.
It’s also important to understand the different support systems in your home, and that might not be clear unless you’re a professional contractor or builder. It might seem expensive now to hire a pro to help with your structural changes, but it will be far more expensive if you run into an unexpected problem!
If you’re installing a new light fixture, you’ll probably be able to handle that on your own. However, if you’re making major electric wiring changes or you have a complicated project, it’s worth hiring an expert.
Many major electrical changes need city approval, and there are complex codes to understand before you start making changes. It’s easy to get hurt when dealing with stray wires, and this isn’t something you should go into unless you’re trained. Mistakes in the electric wiring could be dangerous not only during the project but later on if wires are exposed to flammable materials.
There are a lot of plumbing projects that you can manage on your own, but if you’re installing a new fixture or replacing a larger structure, it’s time to bring in an expert.
Failing to use a professional can be costly, as plumbing mistakes can be catastrophic for your home. Avoid making a bigger mess of the situation by simply making a professional your first call!
Dealing with pests can be frustrating. Whether you’re dealing with sugar ants or something more intense, it’s important to take care of your pest problem before it starts to damage your house. Things like termites and rodents can destroy the foundation of your home, and you don’t want to try to take on these big challenges yourself.
The best way to manage pest control problems is to have a pest control specialist visit your property yearly (or more often if necessary) to preventively treat problem areas.
Certain Projects Call For An Expert
While it might cost more upfront to hire a professional, it will save you money down the road when you avoid a potentially catastrophic problem. Failing to hire an expert means risking your entire property, and that’s never worth it.
When in doubt, call a professional and ask them about your particular repair or project. They’ll often offer their advice complimentary, and you might even realize it’s an easier fix than you thought. Better safe than sorry!
1/18/18 Happy almost Friday! Don’t you hate it when so-called professional people say they will be at your house at a certain time and then are waaay off their estimate. Or even, worse don’t show up at all. That happened to me yesterday. Ugh!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.