DIY enthusiasts are often guilty of biting off more than they can chew. In most cases, there’s nothing wrong with taking on too much – it’s part of the learning process – but there are occasions when it is advisable to call in a professional.
In this article, we’re going to look at some of the things you should just leave to qualified tradespeople.
Not only will it save your time and money, but it will also reduce your risk of accident – or catastrophe.
If you were to strip away your walls and leave the piping exposed, you would see how complex and delicate most plumbing systems are. The maze of copper work and piping that keeps your home with a fresh supply of water and heat can be susceptible to all sorts of problems.
Leaks, blockages and bursting are not uncommon. Beyond replacing the odd washer on your taps, we wouldn’t recommend doing any DIY plumbing that could lead to a very expensive mess. If there is anything wrong with your boiler, pipes or tanks, make sure you hire a professional tradesperson in.
There are so many laws with regards to electrical work, and it is advisable that you hire a professional for anything more than changing a fuse or replacing a plug. It’s fine to attempt fixing things yourself if you are qualified, but if – like the vast majority – you aren’t, then you could be making your home a very dangerous place. If you have a family or are intending to sell your home in a few years, this could have serious repercussions. Any accidents that occur may void your insurance if you haven’t had things attended to properly.
Roofing problems should always be left to professional tradespeople. It can be tempting to get out there and do it yourself, but the reality is that without the proper safety equipment and training, you could end up with a severe injury or worse. It only takes one loose roof tile for a little slip to turn into a tragic accident. Even clearing out guttering and drain cleaning can be incredibly dangerous if you don’t have the right type of ladder or assistance.
Again, unless you know what you are doing, you should always hire a tradesperson to ensure your safety, and the eliminate cost of repairing your own botched jobs.
Finally, we’re going to have a look at gas. Most people realise that gas can be dangerous, so will usually hire a tradesperson in to fix any faults. However, there can be occasions when your other DIY projects need a professional eye. For example, when you are tiling your kitchen, the chances are that you will need to pull out your oven to lay tiles beneath it. Unfortunately, to make things safe, you will need a professional to come in and ensure that the oven has been unplugged and replugged. Yes, it’s an added cost – and can halt your work temporarily. However, if it’s a question of the safety of you and your family, there should be no complaints.
As with all other areas in this guide, sometimes hiring that tradesperson is just something you have to do, regardless of whether you think your DIY skills are up to scratch.
Enjoy the rest of your project, and don’t forget to stay safe!
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If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.