We’ve all been there. There’s a minor disaster at home, and you decide to take your chances of repairing it and saving money in the process. The trouble with DIY is that often jobs that look simple are actually pretty complicated. There’s always a risk that something that can go wrong, and you may end up in a situation where you end up spending a lot more to fix a botched job. Sometimes, you have to put home safety over saving and call in the pros. Here are some scenarios when it may be best to leave to the experts.
Knocking down walls
If you’re a big fan of home makeover shows on TV, you may think that grabbing a sledgehammer and knocking walls down look incredibly fun and therapeutic. This exercise may seem easy and enjoyable, but it can actually be very dangerous. If you come across jobs that require the use of heavy duty tools or involve tampering with the structure of the building, always call in the experts. You probably don’t have the safety equipment you need lying around at home, and you may end up doing a lot more harm than good.
You may have a skilled hand with an angle grinder, but do you really know how to lay bricks properly? You might assume that you’re capable of building a new garden wall or patching up the external facade, but the task ahead may be much more complex than anticipated. There’s a reason bricklayers undertake training. If you attempt to repair broken brickwork or construct a new wall, you may weaken the existing structure or create something that isn’t stable.
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Is the heater acting up? Has the stove stopped working? Are the lights flickering on and off? If you’re tempted to have a look at anything electrical, step away from the sockets, power points, and fuse box. The risk of electrical accidents is high when you don’t know what you’re doing, and you could sustain serious injuries. Any electrical work should be undertaken by trained professionals.
Have you had enough of the giant tree in the garden blocking out the sunlight in the kitchen or are you hoping to create more open spaces in the backyard? If you’ve tree-related troubles, resist the temptation to grab a saw or any other hacking utensil and try and remove the offending branches yourself. Instead, call some local trees surgeons and ask them to give you a quote.
Many of us these days rank higher for our DIY skills. It can be great fun to have a crack at jobs around the house. There’s nothing wrong with getting your hands dirty. If you’re attempting simple jobs that don’t carry a high risk of danger or will waste money if done incorrectly, then have at it. Sometimes, however, you need to be aware of your limits. There are lots of tasks that aren’t suitable for amateurs, even those with a lot of experience and know-how. In these cases, it’s best to put safety first and let the experts work their magic.