How to Know When to Call the Pros

From on May 05, 2010 in Tools and Tips

If you’re a seasoned DIY-er, it may seem like there isn’t any project you can’t handle. But for the sake of preventing bodily injury and wreaking havoc on your home, you may want to think twice before dragging out the box of tools. So when is it appropriate to call in the professionals? We have a few tips to help you decide.

It’s more dangerous than it looks.

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It may seem like common sense, but I’ll say it anyway: don’t take on a project that has a safety risk involved. You would think people already know this, wouldn’t you? Nearly 20,000 people a year are injured just by ceiling fans alone. Seriously. If you don’t have the background knowledge, stay away from electrical projects, anything with gas lines, projects that involve heights, and power tools that you aren’t familiar with.

Wait, what’s a c-clamp?

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One tell-tale sign that you may be lacking the expertise to complete a project the right way: you don’t know how to use the tools involved. Home improvement projects are tough enough as it is without learning how to use each tool along the way, so research each tool before you begin.

It’s just a little plumbing work…

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For the sake of preventing future damage to your home, it’s also important to avoid projects that involve water. Leaks that haven’t been properly taken care of can lead to mold and an inability to sell your home in the future.

DIY does not mean you become the contractor.

Another DIY deal breaker: large and involved projects and/or an expensive list of required tools or materials. If you’re going to have to go out and purchase a bunch of tools that won’t be immediately used again, then it’s worth it to just pay for the professional. In addition, if a project is long and drawn-out, it can be a lifesaver to have a little extra manpower.

While DIY projects certainly have an important place in the remodeling game, don’t let them put your home’s value in jeopardy. Call in the professionals when the project requires it, and trust us, you’ll reap the benefits in the long run.

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