Three Home Improvements you Shouldn’t Try Yourself

In the age of DIY, Pinterest, Blogs and the answer to any question at your finger tips, it’s hard to imagine a home project you couldn’t try to do yourself. While this is probably true for some projects, it’s certainly not the case for them all. We fully support you in your effort to reupholster your head board or to turn that old pallet into a coffee table. But, we think there are some jobs that should be left to the pros, for your safety (and probably for the sake of your home relationships as well).

mechanicsburg electricPlus, you don’t want to waste time and money on a project that you’ll end up calling someone else to fix! Weight your options and do your research.


Avoid Projects with Plumbing/Electrical Work

These are two major aspect of what make your home work. If something went wrong, you would be left with more damage than you started with and most likely some unhappy people in your home if they don’t have lights or running water!

Avoid trying to Remove Walls
While it may seem easy enough to take a sledgehammer to the drywall in the living room, there’s more to it than that! You have to consider the structure of your home. Proceed with caution when trying to remove a wall, there may be more than what meets the eye. If the wall has any electrical or plumbing inside of it, you may be signing up for more than you bargained for.  The wall could also be load-bearing, in which case you and your home would be in serious trouble if you took it down. Anything that could affect the structural integrity of your home should be something you consult a pro on.

Avoid Anything that Requires a Permitelectric work
Townships and municipalities may require a permit for certain work in your home. If there are codes for the work you’re trying to do, this is a pretty good sign that you should consult a professional. This is a good place to start if you’re not sure if you can handle the job at hand. There’s probably a reason for the codes, someone, somewhere along the way probably tried something similar and it may not have gone well, which might be the reason for the code to begin with.

A few other things to think about, the cost of the tools and material you may need as well as the time commitment you  have to the project. With the weather warming up, we’re all feeling a little inspired and creative, just be practical when deciding which jobs you want to take on yourself.