Do it yourself: That’s the message you hear from TV shows, internet videos, and hardware stores across the country. After all, picking up the tools and getting the job done yourself is a great way to save money, and everyone could use a little more of that.
However, there are some jobs that are best left to the professionals, no matter how handy you are with a set of wrenches. Too much bravado could put you and your family in danger, or do even more damage to your home along with the systems that make it cozy. If you notice anything wrong in the following areas, do the right thing: call the experts.
Most people think of cleaning as a DIY task, but that isn’t always the case. There are certain areas of your home that require a professional’s touch every once in a while. Carpet, rug, leather, and upholstery cleaning, in particular, should be done by professionals at least once a year. That’s because the soft surfaces in your home trap dirt, allergens, and dust mites that regular vacuuming can’t reach. A professional service will remove those contaminants without damaging your belongings.
Damage to the roots of the house is not easily dealt with using a repair kit and some tips gleaned from YouTube. What’s more, it requires specialized machinery you won’t find in your toolbox, along with know-how of intricate procedures such as drilling into concrete piers. This could set you back upwards of $10,000, but that’s better than paying more to fix your mistakes.
With most home improvements, the biggest risk is a few cuts and bruises, but here it’s a trip to the hospital. Besides that, roofing companies get their materials at wholesale prices, meaning they’re possibly cheaper than you can manage yourself. Remember to get a few different estimates to arrive at the amount of work needed at the best price, bearing in mind that a total roof replacement runs between $4,900 to $14,100.
Thanks to the rising popularity of open plan interiors, many homeowners opt to remove a wall themselves. That’s not a bad idea if the one in question isn’t load-bearing, but that’s not always easy to determine, so don’t risk your home’s structural integrity. Having it done by an expert typically costs in the area of $2,500 to $3,000 for a single-story dwelling.
Try to repair this and you may get burned — literally. You’re dealing with a powerful appliance that runs on highly flammable natural gas or oil that could explode in the worst case scenario, and the results are catastrophic. There’s also potential carbon monoxide poisoning to contend with. On the bright side, most problems can be fixed for just a few hundred dollars.
As home repair company Seider tells it, one of the main reasons they get called to do a job that involves the electrical system comes from the wife of a man who got “zapped” trying to fix it himself. Don’t be that guy. Moreover, the cost to have it taken care of is usually less than you would think, according to the experts mentioned above.
Go ahead and replace that leaky faucet on your own. This job shouldn’t cause too much of a fuss, unlike more serious issues such as frozen pipes or damage to the water line. Generally speaking, if you have trouble with low water pressure, you need a professional. If the problem ends up being a slab leak, you could shell out at least $2,000.
The trees located close to your house can be a hazard during a storm, but trying to cut it down yourself could do just as much damage. How much you pay a removal service depends on the height of the tree, as well as the width and location. For one under 30 feet, you’re looking at under $450, but for an American Ash that stands around 100 feet, that could cost more than $1,400.
It may be sad to pay the bill once the work is done, knowing you could have spent less doing it yourself. However, you’ve saved a lot of sweat, and your house couldn’t be in better condition, so let that console you. Besides, there are plenty of other projects you can tackle on your own.
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