There is a little bit of a DIYer in all of us and everyone likes to save money on projects they can handle themselves. However, there are those random exterior home renovations which should never be attempted by a layperson. The key is to know what you can safely do and when you should call in a pro. The cosmetic appeal of your home may be your primary concern at the moment, but if you don’t exactly know what you are doing and could be subject to a serious injury as a result, it is most definitely time to call in the pros. Here are a few examples to ponder.
Exterior Electrical Work
Actually, according to law, only licensed electricians are allowed to work with electrical wiring or in their absence, you must find one who is willing to sign off on the job. Unfortunately, more people get electrocuted due to trying to work with electrical equipment and wiring than you’d care to count so always leave this one to the pros.
Repairing or Reroofing Your Home
Most people don’t have the knowledge or experience to repair a roof so that it doesn’t leak and even if you feel you have watched enough YouTube videos to walk you through the process, you probably don’t have the safety gear or agility to manage such a feat. Unless you have a safety rated fall harness and the agility of a roofer (or a cat!) don’t try roofing your home. The money you save is minimal and your life is worth so much more.
Cutting Trees that Threaten Your Roofing Structure or Foundation
Cutting trees that threaten your home is an art. There is a reason you need them down and why you have finally decided to do something about it. Those huge roots may be threatening your foundation or the large, heavy branches may be ready to breech your roof. Always get a professional to cut your trees. A layperson is likely to drop the tree in the home or on himself, so don’t even try it!
There is also an art to replacing a window so this is one for the pros. You may be able to replace a pane of glass but when it comes to fitting the window securely into the frame – or replacing the frame itself – it takes a lot of knowledge and experience to get it fitted well and draft free. Get an expert now rather than later when that window comes crashing out.
There are other exterior home renovations you shouldn’t attempt either such as paving your driveway and walkways. Working with concrete or hot asphalt is a tricky undertaking and something that requires special equipment and even more specialized know-how. If you can safely paint your home, go for it. But leave these renovations to the professionals or you could be out more money than you would have spent hiring pros in the first place or you could seriously injure yourself which would be even worse than that. Know when to call in the pros and you’ll have the house of your dreams. Failing to do so could put you in dreamland – forever. Do the smart thing and be safe.