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Home Improvement Projects Best Left To The Pros

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Many homeowners love nothing more than to plan and dream about the perfect room, or the best way to add value to their house before trying to sell it. There are many reasons why you might want to tackle a home improvement project, but in some cases, it’s best to let the professionals come in and take over.

These are the jobs that are just too big or too demanding for the average homeowner to handle: roofing, electrical, plumbing and mold removal. These can be dangerous jobs, so it’s important to know when to step back and call an expert. Despite the influx of television shows and magazines telling us that we can just DIY it, some things are best left to the pros.

Here are a few tips on how to know which projects to take on yourself and which ones to stay away from.


Unless you’re a licensed electrician, you’ll want to let a professional handle any wiring around your home, even for something that seems simple. Working with electricity can be dangerous, and if you’re unsure of what you’re doing, you might cause more damage and end up having to spend way more money.

Working with gas

If your home has gas appliances or gas heat, let it be. Working with gas can be extremely dangerous for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it’s highly unstable in its natural form. Call your utilities company for information about digging around gas pipes or installing/removing gas appliances.

Up on the rooftop

Working on the roof doesn’t always require a pro, but replacing shingles, removing asbestos or mold, or fixing wood rot does. If you have roof damage or just feel it’s time for a new one, do some research on the best companies in your area and talk to your insurance company before making any decisions. As with electrical work, these jobs can be dangerous and shouldn’t be attempted by anyone without experience. For more info on mold and asbestos removal, click here.

Home additions

Some modifications are DIY projects that can be done in a weekend, while others require a lot of time, money and materials. You’ll want to do your homework before starting any big projects When it comes to adding new rooms, hanging drywall, or completing renovations in a kitchen or bathroom, it’s best to talk to a pro.

Tree removal

Trees can be a beautiful addition to your yard, and they can provide some much-needed shade for your home in the summer. However, when a big storm comes and knocks one down, a tree can be a pain to get rid of. They can also cause damage to your property, so call a pro to haul off any trees or big limbs that fall after a storm.

Know the laws in your area

Before beginning any project--DIY or not--it’s best to be familiar with the laws in your area regarding building codes and digging. Look online to find out any info about your project idea and call your utilities company or a local government office for tips on how to make it a success.

A good rule of thumb is to take into consideration how long a project will take, what the materials will cost, and whether or not you have the ability to complete a project on your own. With some ideas, it will cost you less to call in a pro. Also, a pro may have access to discounts that the average person doesn’t.

Article Written By:
Erin Reynolds
Founder + Blogger + App Investor + Chief DIYer