9 Home Improvement Projects You Probably Shouldn't DIY

Posted by Kevin Li on 8:59 AM on January 3, 2017

home-1183150_640.jpgOften times, people believe that they can save a lot of money by completing home improvement projects on their own, instead of hiring an expert contractor.

However, there are some exceptions where it might be better if you hire someone specialized in the area to deal with the issue. Here are 9 home improvement and remodeling projects you shouldn’t DIY:

  1. Home Additions

You might think that it would be more cost-effective to knock down walls and add in rooms by yourself, but there are complex electrical systems, plumbing systems, and gas pipes throughout your home that you may not be aware of. Consider hiring a professional to scout out this information and perform the construction work so you have peace of mind in knowing that the foundation of your home will remain intact.

  1. Roof Repairs

Scaling your roof and repairing it are two very dangerous processes. It would be best to hire a professional that understands structural issues and has the equipment necessary to scale a roof safely. They can also see larger issues that may occur and give you advice on long-term solutions as opposed to short-term repairs.

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Plumbing is extremely complicated and you do not want to risk ruining your house with water damage or pipe issues. Hiring a professional is needed for this kind of job as they have the necessary skills and tools to install plumbing correctly.

  1. Gutters

Cleaning out your gutters or replacing them seems like a pretty easy job to do. However, like roofing, you run this risk of injuring yourself because this work must be completed while balancing on a ladder. Hiring a professional makes the process much easier, as well as saves you time. Professionals can also spot any other issues that you may not see yourself.

  1. Decks

Decks are extremely complex, from the design to the lumber needed, and the maintenance to secure its long-term preservation. Hiring a professional ensures that you get the best materials and the quality workmanship to build a deck that will last.

  1.  Basements

You may be tempted to build your own man-cave or a playroom for the children by yourself in order to avoid paying a contractor. However, a professional can help finish your basement in a detailed manner, from detecting issues to ensuring proper ventilation, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical wiring.

  1. Skylights

You may want to let in some natural light and save some energy at the same time. You should hire a professional to deal with installing a skylight as there are many similar risks when dealing with skylights as with roofing.

  1. Kitchens

Remodeling your kitchen is extremely complex and requires consideration of many issues such as electrical wiring, spacing, plumbing, carpentry and much more. Professionals are specialized in these areas and can help you build your dream kitchen more efficiently than you can. They can pay attention to detail and ensure your kitchen is both functioning and aesthetically pleasing.

  1. Garages

There are many things to consider when installing a garage such as permits, materials, and implementation. Professionals can assist in the entire process from start to finish including design, permit acquisition, and the actual installation of the garage system. In addition, they can monitor restriction lines and also ensure safe working conditions.

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The key rule of home improvement and remodeling is as follows: When in doubt, call a contractor! At AROCON Design-Build, we have years of experience designing and building remodels, additions, kitchens, bathrooms, decks, and more. We are passionate about partnering with our clients to help them build the home of their dreams!

Topics: home remodel