Home Improvement Projects You Should Never DIY

Today we have a guest host, Erin Reynolds the DIY Mama. Enjoy.

One of the most exciting aspects of owning your own home is personalizing it. As tedious as home improvement projects can be, they are often necessary. When done properly, they can increase your home’s value, make it a safer and healthier place to live, and add a personal touch. If you use Pinterest or watch HGTV, you may feel inspired and confident enough to try some do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement projects. More and more people are completing their own DIY projects rather than hiring professional contractors.

However, what you see on television and the internet isn’t always an accurate portrayal of what it’s actually like to complete a project yourself. There are definitely some projects that are better left to the professionals. Some home improvement projects can be dangerous, time-consuming, difficult, or costly to complete without help from an expert. In a worst-case scenario, you could injure yourself, damage your property, or reduce your home’s resale value.

 

Here are some home improvement projects that require the help of a professional. Don’t try these at home!

 

Roof and Shingle Repair

 

You should always hire a professional contractor or reputable local business to handle your roof and shingle repair for you. Roof repairs can be dangerous. One wrong move or a strong enough gust of wind, and repairing your roof could potentially turn deadly.

 

When it comes to keeping yourself safe and your roof properly secured from the elements, the cost of hiring a professional is a small price to pay. The average price to repair an asphalt shingle roof in Chicago is $255 - $766 according to HomeAdvisor.

If you’ve been considering replacing the shingles or patching the roof yourself, you should also contact your insurance company. Even if your insurance covers roofing, most companies will only cover the costs if you use a qualified contractor for the repairs.
You should always hire a professional contractor or reputable local business to handle your roof and shingle repair for you. Roof repairs can be dangerous. One wrong move or a strong enough gust of wind, and repairing your roof could potentially turn deadly.

 

When it comes to keeping yourself safe and your roof properly secured from the elements, the cost of hiring a professional is a small price to pay. The average price to repair an asphalt shingle roof in Chicago is $255 - $766 according to HomeAdvisor.

If you’ve been considering replacing the shingles or patching the roof yourself, you should also contact your insurance company. Even if your insurance covers roofing, most companies will only cover the costs if you use a qualified contractor for the repairs. Just to be safe, it’s best to discuss any repairs with your insurance company before moving forward.

 

Air Duct Cleaning

 

Over time, your home’s air ducts become filled with allergens, dust, mold, pet dander, and even cigarette smoke (if anyone smokes in your home). To maintain proper air quality throughout your home, you should have the air ducts cleaned every few years. Although it might be tempting to clean your own air ducts, this is a job best left to the pros. You might start by asking local friends, family, and coworkers if they have any recommendations for reputable contractors. Otherwise, the EPA recommends contacting the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) for more information.

 

Projects Requiring Permits

 

Many projects, such as fence installation, require prior approval from your local government. You’ll need to get a permit and check with your city about any restrictions, such as height requirements for fences. Luckily, your local contractors are already familiar with these types of regulations and should be able to secure the proper permits. This saves you the headache, and hopefully prevents you from any unexpected surprises that would require you to otherwise make changes during or after installation.

 

Whether you’re looking to save money, are confident in your home-repair abilities, or are just a crafty person who enjoys trying something new, there are many reasons to participate in a DIY home improvement project. However, before starting your next project, it’s important to do your research up front. Weigh your options, crunch the numbers, and assess any risks involved. Sometimes, it is worth the money to just hire a professional so you can get the job done right the first time.

 

Author

 

Erin Reynolds is the creator of DIYMama.net, which provides resources to help others with home improvement projects and repairs. Keep an eye out for the DIY or Not Calculator, which will help you determine whether or not to take on a project yourself!

 

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