Don't Do it Yourself Home Projects
With the advent of the internet, Youtube, Pinterest, and other home improvement websites, the do it yourself mentality is in full swing. Of course, doing home projects yourself can save you money, but there are some things you shouldn’t do yourself. How can you tell which projects are the ones you should do yourself? Today, we provide some guidelines.
Some home projects involve a hazard factor which makes them unsuitable for the average homeowner to attempt. For example, most electrical and plumbing jobs shouldn’t be attempted by the average homeowner. Electrocution can cause horrific burns and death, and incorrectly done plumbing can cause destructive flooding, as well as mold.
Some carpentry and projects can have unpleasant health effects, especially if the home has asbestos or lead paint. Fumes from paint or grout dealer can make a person sick. Dust from cutting or sanding building materials can cause or exacerbate respiratory issues unless proper protection is worn. Also, some substances can cause dermal allergic reactions and eye irritation.
Unless a homeowner knows what they’re doing, some DIY projects can turn their home into an eyesore. The point of saving money is lost because the ROI is zero. In fact, most of us know someone who attempted a home project in which the outcome was worse than the original problem. Here is one story told by an anonymous reader:
“Our home had dated linoleum, so when we had the opportunity to get some terracotta floor tile, we jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, my husband decided to put the tile in himself. After tearing up the old floor, we lived with concrete flooring for a year before he started laying the tile. It became painfully obvious almost immediately that he had put way too much space for the grout lines between the tiles. He got tired of the project, and we took a big loss on the house because we didn’t have the money to start over.”
As the previous story suggests, when a DIY project is done incorrectly, someone is going to have to pay to make it right. Some projects an cost more money to fix than it would have cost to hire someone in the first place. Projects which result in burned wires, plumbing floods, and structural collapse can add up to some costly repairs.
It should also be noted that insurance companies will not always honor claims involving damage caused by work which wasn’t performed by a licensed professional.
There are many DIY home projects which have a beautiful result of which the homeowner can be very proud. But unless the safety, aesthetics, and ROI are in line, a DIY isn’t going to be successful, and a professional should be involved. Because it's not enough for your home to merely be 'improved.' You want your home to be beautiful, as well.
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