It’s almost summer! Probably, you would agree with me that it is the most exciting season of the year. It is the perfect time to engage into activities and hang out with friends and family. However, aside from the fun and excitement that it brings, summer is also known as the best period to start home renovation projects according to experts. Some have started planning their own home renovations since the year began and wants to start the project when summer comes which is a good idea. If you have any plans as well, then you better start writing it down today.
In as much as you want to build or remodel your home to achieve your dream home, certainly you’d like to find ways on how to save money at the same time. Is that correct? If so, there are various budget-friendly home renovations that you can consider. In connection to this, some home owners prefer DIY projects because it’s cheaper (which is true). However, DIY pose threats and dangers to us if not done properly. So, if you think you’re not qualified for it, then leave it to the professionals. Here are the five dangers of DIY that you should avoid.
1. Plumbing Repair
Plumbing repair is a serious matter that you should leave to the experts. Handling leaks is not a simple task to do because even the smallest leak can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage if it’s not caught in time. You can still manage minor repairs like changing the shower heads or replacing the faucet. Plumbing also involves hot water pipes and blow torch, so if you are not experienced enough, don’t dare to do it yourself or else it’ll lead to an expensive and wet future.
2. Roof Repair
Roof repair is not as easy as it looks. It isn’t even recommended for DIY because it’s easy for the worker to fall off that may cause injuries or in some cases, death. Climbing up and down the ladder while you carry your tools is dangerous and has been the most common cause of accidents. Aside from that, repairing roof is very tiring especially that you are exposed to the sun and your feeling of being tired can make you prone to mistakes.
3. Gas Appliance Repair
Working around with gases can pose threats and risk. Let alone, it can be tricky especially when you are cutting off or hooking up gas lines. The end result of what you thought was a simple fix could lead to gas leaks and accidental carbon monoxide poisoning that could also endanger your neighbors. To avoid accidents that could cost you money or even your own life, let the experts handle the job for you.
4. Asbestos Removal And Pest Control
Asbestos is a very hazardous chemical that is commonly find in homes. This is why you should have your home inspected for asbestos-containing materials by accredited professionals before you start renovating. Inhaling the airborne fibers from asbestos could harm your respiratory system. Same goes to pest control, because not all products can be tolerated by average consumers. So, to limit your exposure to these harmful chemicals, let the professionals handle it.
5. Electrical Repair
In the news, there are a lot of people who died because of handling electrical repairs and you wouldn’t want to be one of them, right? Changing light switch and installing fans are easy but larger electrical tasks should be done by the professionals. DIY electrical repair is dangerous because you are prone to shocks, injuries and potential fires. You should also invest in a decent volt meter so you can test wires for power.
Yes, DIY projects can help you save money but there are tasks that should be left to the professionals. Though you may spend some of your budget on paying them, still you’ll have no regrets of doing do. Plus, you can ensure the safety for your home. You can do some of the other stuff on your own such as removing the furniture or repainting the walls. Simple reminder though, before you start your project, it’s better to ask for an advice or suggestions from professionals or from someone who has already done DIY projects. Before you start hammering your walls, think twice and plan carefully.