Tips On When You Should Call A Professional For Home Repairs

Dated: 11/18/2017

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You’re an adventurous homeowner who binge watches those popular home improvement shows on TV. You know the ones--where experts show you how to knock down walls to add a new family room or turn that creepy old attic into a sunshiny bedroom that looks like it belongs in a magazine. You’d love to tackle some DIY projects or repairs around your own home to jazz up its appearance and improve its market value. That’s great! But did you know that, despite what those TV experts say, there are some projects that are best left to professionals? 

In fact, tackling a do-it-yourself project that requires specialized skills could end up damaging your house or sending you on your way to the emergency room. How do you know when it's time to put down the hammer? Read on for facts on what home renovation projects should be left to the pros. 

Call a Plumber 

Unless you have a stopped up sink or toilet, it’s not a good idea to try to fix plumbing issues by yourself. Plumbing pipes are complex. They need to be placed inside the home in a particular way so that they work correctly. If you try to do the work yourself, you can end up with leaks. And, of course, leaks lead to structural problems, mold and other situations that can damage your home.  

Electrical Problems 

If your home needs electrical repairs, the last thing you want to do is tackle the job yourself. You could end up getting electrocuted or watching your home go down in flames. Some electrical repairs even require state permits. A licensed electrician knows how to wire the ceiling, walls or electrical panel box. They have special tools that can help them wire older homes that may have a different type of wiring than newer houses. 

Structural Repairs 

If you’re not a professional, leave home structural repairs to the experts. Trying to fix major structural issues can compromise the stability of your home. For example, knocking out a wall to make your house more open can lead to an upstairs floor that sags or even a home falling down around you. 

Jobs You Can Do Yourself 

Now you know some of the jobs you should leave to the experts. But what kind of home repairs is it safe to do yourself? Well, one repair that is simple for amateurs to do is removing mold from the walls of your home. If you neglect to remove mold spots from the walls, you could end up with allergies or other types of health issues. Getting rid of mold on your walls is as simple as mixing a gallon of warm water with a cup of bleach.Then you just take a sponge and scrub it until the spots are gone. After rinsing the walls with water, repaint the affected areas. Of course, if the mold problem is extensive, contact a professional. 

Other tasks such as dents in the wall, squeaky or sticky doors, leaky toilets, cracks in the driveway and broken floor tiles are relatively simple home repairs you can do yourself. If you decide to do your own repairs, remember to use power tools safely. When using a ladder, pay attention to proper placement so you avoid falling. And be sure to wear appropriate clothing when performing home repairs. In other words, don’t wear slippery shoes when climbing ladders or flowing clothing while using power tools!Just because the people on home renovation TV shows make repairs look easy doesn’t mean you should give it a try. 

Many home repairs require a professional. In fact, if regular people try to do complex repair jobs, they can get injured or even die. So before you knock down that wall or try to rewire your entire home, put down that sledge hammer and step away from the electrical panel box. Contact a professional so he or she can perform the work safely and correctly. 

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Laura MacDonald

Laura and Peak Performance Real Estate Group is well-known in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex Real Estate market for their straight-forward and simple approach to home buying, selling, listing, and ....

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