Do Not DIY: 4 Projects Home Owners Shouldn’t Attempt Themselves

DIY home improvement projectsEveryone loves saving money. Why pay someone to do work on your house when you can buy the supplies and do it yourself? Especially when HGTV makes it look so easy! Well, there are plenty of projects you can do on your own at home, but we have compiled four projects that you should never try on your own.

1. Tiling

Installing tile isn’t the most complicated process, that’s for sure. There are plenty of DIY-ers that can install tile floors or backsplashes. However, most contractors would agree that you should leave it to professionals. A professional flooring company will always install the best looking tiling. Homeowners can’t match experts with the planning and precision that is necessary for installing tile. Cutting tile, laying it out, and spacing it just right are only a few of the reasons that homeowners should hire a contractor. There’s nothing worse than seeing a mistake in your tile work, and then always second-guessing your DIY decision.

2. Floor refinishing

Watch enough YouTube videos and you may think that refinishing floors would be a breeze. All you have to do is rent the machinery, spend an afternoon working on it, and it’s all done, right? Wrong. Spend too much time with the sander on a specific spot, even for just a second too long, and you will have a mark that will require fixing. Suddenly, that easy floor refinishing is going to cost more than you originally thought. Flooring professionals have worked day in and day out with these machines, and know exactly how to operate them with ease. Don’t even worry about doing this yourself, and hire a professional who has done this a million times before.

3. Electrical work

If you mess up tiling or floor refinishing, you’re left with marks or visible mistakes that you can hire someone to come and fix. If you mess up with electrical work, you could end up seriously injured or, perhaps, dead. Obviously there are projects you can do yourself. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials about electrical projects. However, most experts would agree that you shouldn’t take chances and leave it to professionals. If you are unsure about what you’re doing, the best case is that your electrical work won’t function properly. Worst case, and you end up injured. It’s just not worth it.

4. Roofing

Installing a new roof, or even fixing your existing one, can be one of the highest ticket projects in your whole home. With a price tag as high as that, it’s always tempting to see if you can DIY your roof. Professionals would highly advise that you steer clear of roofing projects. First, they’re normally large projects that can be overwhelming to homeowners. Second, and perhaps most importantly, these are dangerous projects. Working at excessive heights can lead to injury, and like electrical work, it’s just not worth it.

There are so many videos online about how to successfully complete DIY projects in your home. The confidence you get from saving money and doing these projects on your own could lead to taking on too much. If you’re unsure about a project, or worried about injury, always speak to a professional.