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Doing it yourself is something we all hold in high esteem; people who can fix up their own homes, or provide a mechanic worthy job on their own car, are the kind of people we think of as capable and reliable, and we all want to be that, don’t we? However, when it comes to performing your own handiwork, your input can do much more harm than good.
Sure, some DIY jobs are easier than others – the garden, for example, is a great place to both practice and flex your DIY knowhow. However, some jobs are bigger than others, and require a firm guiding hand to get through.
If you’re currently looking at a potential DIY job in front of you and you’re not sure if you should even attempt it, let’s go through the kind of repair jobs you’re going to want a professional’s input on below.
Repairing the Roof
The roof is a particular trouble spot, simply because it holds up against most types of environmental damage, and it needs to be well looked after. And if you’re planning to take on any and all roof repairs yourself, you could be costing yourself an extra $5000 in the long run.
Aside from the obvious safety concerns, roof repairs take a very steady and knowing hand. Indeed, a Storm Damage Repair job needs to be handled by the pros – who knows if you’ll really seal that roof well enough to keep the rain out next time?
Repairing the Plumbing
Doing your own plumbing repairs could cost you, big time! If you notice a problem with the pipes in the bathroom, or the flush on your toilet, or there’s even a crack in the bath or the toilet bowl, it’s best to phone a plumber as soon as possible. Doing your own repairs here, when you’re inexperienced and have never tackled a bathroom before, could put the call out cost up by a few hundred.
This is especially important if you’re planning to sell on your home very soon, as a survey could easily reveal any sloppy handiwork and force you to rip out and have the whole bathroom redone before sale.
Changing the Structure
Now this isn’t a problem that comes up very often, but if you knock down a wall here, and try to create another room there, without any outside input, you’re going to be looking at thousands in potential damages. You could pay out big time in order to put that wall back, or stop that subsidence in its tracks as a result of your actions, and that’s not a situation you ever want to be in.
If you really want to make your downstairs layout open plan, focus on decor tricks instead, such as using mirrors or different paint colors – they’re much cheaper, and the damage is much easier undone!
If you’re planning to DIY any of the above jobs, it might be time to go back to the drawing board.