Home renovations

5 Home Improvement Projects You May Want to Leave to the Pros

Sometimes homeowners decide to take on a DIY project over the weekend that might be a bit more difficult than they originally thought. While there are plenty of DIY jobs that are simple, effective and fun, it’s important to distinguish a few that can go awry and cause problems.

Before you decide to do a DIY project over the weekend, consider some of these common issues:

Watch the Wiring

When homeowners decide to work on projects that involve working near wires, they run the risk of getting shocked or changing the polarity of electrical wires. This means the house could lose power because of a surge or outlets not working anymore. In such cases, it’s best to hire a professional electrician to fix the polarity and broken or stripped wires, as they could shock homeowners and families. An electrician might charge between $310 and $450 on average for their services.

Avoid Water Getting Everywhere

While some plumbing projects can be simple for homeowners to fix, there are others that, if done incorrectly, could cause a leak or all-out break in the bathroom or kitchen. Trying to fix a main pipe underneath the sink, for example, should be left to plumbers, because a leak like that can damage the flooring or the cabinets, which can lead to rot and other structural problems. If homeowners decide to try to replace their toilets and redo the plumbing incorrectly, there could be severe drainage issues that arise over time and cause stoppage. While sink drainage and bathtub drains can be fixed by homeowners, bigger projects like the aforementioned should be left to the pros.

Do You Need a Permit for That?

If you decide to add onto or remodel a part of your home, even if it’s just new windows or maybe a shed out in the backyard, you might need a permit for it. While homeowners can get permits themselves, it isn’t recommended, as they could miss permits or get the wrong one. Contractors know what permits are required, understand the process and can easily pass inspections or handle the changes required to pass inspection. If you do such major work without a permit and the city finds out, you could be fined. Be sure to check ahead of time and even consult with a contractor about your project before proceeding. The permit requirements will vary by state.

Carpet Removal is Messy

Removing carpets sounds easy, but there’s a lot more to the process than pulling it up and getting at the floor underneath.You could have pieces that are particularly adherent, nails, dust and so on. Plus, if it’s a wood floor underneath, it has to be refinished and stained. If you pull up the carpet, you also may not have a usable floor underneath — just a subfloor that could be rotten or broken. This would mean repairing the subfloor and then installing a new floor, which could result in unexpected costs ranging from $2,500 to $3,600.

You could also find other flooring underneath, such as linoleum that would need to be removed, or other flooring that is uneven or warped. Carpet removal also involves removing the carpet pad, which is extra material to dispose of. Your trash can probably isn’t going to fit all of it, either.

In short, a flooring professional to help remove the carpet, fix up what’s below and clean up the mess will save on the hassle and other issues that could arise.

Ceramic Tiles are Fragile

Ceramic tiles are easily damaged, and trying to lay them anywhere — on bathroom floors, walls, as kitchen backsplashes — could lead to having to start all over again. If they aren’t laid perfectly straight from the start, it will show by the end. They can also crack and break throughout the process, which could mean multiple trips to the store for replacements. It’s easier to let a tiling professional lay them, as they have the previous experience, materials and knowledge on how to prepare a wall or floor and keep everything straight from start to finish.

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