With the Internet as our guide, it seems as though no job is too large for our capable hands and virtually every kind of repair or renovation is explained in full online. Many times with step-by-step video to go along with it and in a time when every penny counts, paying a professional could mean dipping into your staycation fund. The question is how do you know when you’re being penny-wise versus pound foolish? Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through five jobs that you’d be better off to leave to a professional.
You have to be aware that the very smallest leak can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage if it’s not caught in time. You can probably manage some minor repairs like changing a shower head or replacing a faucet but only if you’re a capable do-it-yourselfer and there’s existing plumbing in place.
Like plumbing, you may be able to pull off minor repairs like changing a light switch or installing a ceiling fan but you have to know that any projects involving electricity should be approached with extreme caution. It is recommended to invest in a decent volt meter so you can test wires for power. It’s best to call a professional electrician, if the repair goes beyond a simple fixture.
Repairing a roof shingle or two isn’t the toughest job in the world, but it’s getting up and down and carrying your tools with you that pose the risk of injury or death. It is also ery tiring work, and when you’re tired, you’re more prone to make a mistake and just a quick slip is all it takes to send you over the edge of a second-story roof. You can probably get away with gutter work and minor shingle repair, if you live in a one-story ranch and your slope is less than 20 degrees. You should also have a spotter in place to hold the ladder and be there in case of an accident. Roofing work also requires experience to get it right and if you bite off more than you can chew, you may end up with a leaky roof and expensive water damage.