Whether you’re building your dream home or updating your current one, you may feel the need to take on certain projects yourself. While choosing paint colors and furniture styles are the easier projects, there are some that are ultimately better left to the professionals for handling. Here are some DIY projects you might want to reconsider:
1. Painting cabinets. It may not seem like it, but painting the cabinets in your home, particularly those in your kitchen, can be frustrating task. The kitchen tends to be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house; therefore, cabinets can easily collect grease and oils from cooking on the wood surface, causing a thick layer of build-up. Before pulling out the paintbrush, the cabinets will need deep cleaning with a degreaser and you may also have to use an oil based paint that’s released through a spray nozzle. A professional painter will know how to effectively clean the surfaces AND give your kitchen cabinets the beauty you’ve been hoping to see.
2. Special installments. Many homeowners want customized pieces in the home they’re building. While you may desire a unique shower system for your bathroom, unless you’re skilled at plumbing and all that’s involved with that particular project, you’ll find it best to leave it to the professionals. Just because it looks decent doesn’t mean you achieved all of the steps needed for a successful installation.
3. Plumbing issues. If you’ve discovered your sink isn’t properly disposing of remnants the way that it should, it may not be a simple fix of Draino or a bucket and wrench. Dissembling plumbing pipes is messier and more complicated than it looks, especially if the piping is in close proximity to your dishwasher or garbage disposal. A plumber is your best bet for this issue, as they are trained at dissecting the issue, finding the problem, and resolving it.
4. Installing your dishwasher. Some stores offer a free installation with the delivery of your appliance, but this may not be the case at every appliance superstore. Regardless, this is a job best left to the professionals. There are many steps involved in this process besides just showing up and connecting a few wires. A hole will need to be drilled into a cabinet for space that fits the washer; holes will also be needed for water lines, which will need to be positioned. Electric lines will also need to be positioned and water lines and drainage lines will need to be connected.
5. Trouble with water pressure. If you’ve noticed the water pressure in your home isn’t as effective as usual, there’s most likely an issue present. While you could remove the aerator and clean out any obstruction, chances are, there’s something else causing the issue – a fractured pipe, eroded water line, water leak, etc.
6. Taking down walls. Don’t get sledgehammer happy, hire a contractor to inspect the walls to ensure each wall in line to be demolished isn’t load bearing. If you break down a load bearing wall, your ceiling could cave in, amongst you being at risk of multiple other serious injuries.
7. Electrical work. Dangerous mistakes could occur here, such as you forgetting to turn off the live power or simply not knowing how to correctly. When messing with electricity, you will always run the risk of getting shocked if you don’t have much experience with what you’re trying to accomplish. It’s also possible for you to wire incorrectly or overload your power draw, which can lead to popping breakers, more issues, sparking outlets, and costly repairs.
8. Roof repairs. If you’ve noticed a leak in the roof or missing shingles, the job may seem like a simple easy repair, but it’s not. Finding leaks involve locating the exact spot where the leak is occurring, replacing the shingles, using matching materials and the correct tools, etc. You certainly don’t want to place a temporary bandage over a problem that can quickly cause permanent damage.
9. Waterproofing your home. Basement flooding is misfortunate, but don’t take it upon yourself to get the water out of your home on your own. To waterproof a basement, digging, applying the correct waterproof material, and filling the hole is involved. Seems simple, right? Wrong. Oftentimes, repairmen see homeowners who started the project but gave up, leaving an open hole in the basement to trap moisture and eventually cave in. Unfortunately, this DIY project is deadly – every year, at least one fatality occurs due to the basement floor caving in from an unfinished waterproofing job.
10. Installing the ground fault circuit interrupter. This switch can be found where an outlet may come in contact with moisture (bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room). Just as we previously mentioned with electrical work, leave it to the professionals.
11. Demolishing. As with tearing down a wall, this job can be extremely dangerous without the help of a professional. You could, without realizing until it’s too late, take apart a vital structure of your home, hit an electrical wire, delay the project with further damage, etc.