Save Money: Don’t DIY, Delegate Instead

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Your home is your castle. However, the castle sometimes needs a few updates. A home is also an investment and your free time is valuable too. There are certain projects where poor work leads to expensive code violations, injuries and property damage. Don’t waste your time on attempting those projects.

Here are five home improvement projects where you are better off hiring professionals to handle them from start to finish.

Roofing

Save Money - Don't DIY, Delegate WorkAdventurous homeowners sometimes attempt to fix or even replace an entire roof on their own. In addition to the obvious risk of injury, a mistake by a novice leads to roof leaks and significant damage.

The seriousness of this project means you do not want the work done by fly-by-night roofers either. Pick an established local company that has a long history in the community where you can get a great deal of feedback ahead of time from satisfied customers. Or look for national companies in your area, one example being Champion Home Exteriors. Often these solid companies have trained specialists, guarantee quality work and has a lifetime protection agreement. The peace of mind offered by a well installed roof is well worth the cost.

Siding

New siding is also a major improvement, and just like roofing, there are serious consequences for unprofessional work. Shoddy work reduces the curbside appeal (and value) of your home. Improper installation, especially around doors and windows, reduces the insulation, leads to water entry and substantial damage. Even though this may seem like a project you can handle, once again it is best to leave this work to specialists with proven experience.

Electrical

In addition to the risks of injury from fire and electrical shock, there are financial reasons to hand this work off to a professional. All electrical work needs to conform to local codes. Unprofessional work not only leads to violations, but when you attempt to sell your home, the buyer’s attorney will demand that all electrical work be brought up to code by a licensed professional. That could mean a bunch of expenses when you can least afford them. Hire a professional the first time around and save yourself time and money.

I’ve been in enough rental homes and my own home to know there are a lot of DIY people out there who don’t think twice about winding those electrical cords in places they have no business being and without the proper installation. And then when it’s time to sell, those great ideas can come back to haunt you.

Plumbing

For major projects like removing an old water softener or installing a new hot water heater, you really want a professional. Valves that are not shut off properly result in water gushing through your home. The cost and time spent cleaning up failed projects quickly eliminates any financial gains. If you ever dealt with plumbing problems you really start to appreciate the skill and experience of the plumber. Yes, the price can bite you, but it sure beats your other option. Check out the Better Business Bureau to find an accredited business.

Tree Trimming and Removal

Most homeowners have a ladder and handsaw to accomplish this task. However, there are some important things most homeowners don’t know. For example, if you cut a limb too short or too long, you damage your tree. This activity, like electrical work and roofing, has a serious risk of injury if you make one small mistake.

Tree removal is a related area with significant risks. Trees sometimes fall unpredictably. There is a reason why searches for do it yourself tree removal yield images of trees that fell on cars. The tree trimming provider Leaf & Limb offers a variety of helpful tips on their website for selecting the best tree trimmers while avoiding financial scams.

Takeaway

Installing a shower head or painting a room on your own does save you money and the risks are low. There are, however, just some instances, the big ones, where it makes sense to hire companies with specialized equipment and years of expertise.

Select trained professionals that stand by their work and come with recognized histories so you can end up with more peace of mind.

  1. Smith Aandelen
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    awesome article. the “Takeaway” part is the best. Thank you for that!