From Dan Harding 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.
Its more dangerous than it looks.
It may seem like common sense, but Ill say it anyway: dont take on a project that has a safety risk involved. You would think people already know this, wouldnt you? Nearly 20,000 people a year are injured just by ceiling fans alone. Seriously. If you dont have the background knowledge, stay away from electrical projects, anything with gas lines, projects that involve heights, and power tools that you arent familiar with.
Wait, whats a c-clamp?
One tell-tale sign that you may be lacking the expertise to complete a project the right way: you dont 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.
Its just a little plumbing work
For the sake of preventing future damage to your home, its also important to avoid projects that involve water. Leaks that havent 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 youre going to have to go out and purchase a bunch of tools that wont be immediately used again, then its 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, dont let them put your homes value in jeopardy. Call in the professionals when the project requires it, and trust us, youll reap the benefits in the long run.