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When it comes to fixing things around the house, you’re the first person your wife and kids call on. You’d like to think of yourself as pretty handy. You also know that contacting a contractor to handle the task means shelling over some cash. If you’re like most guys, you try to avoid that at all costs by completing your own home improvement and repair tasks.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with being a do-it-yourselfer. It does save you a ton of money and can also be very rewarding to look back and see the work you’ve completed on your own. Be that as it may, there are some tasks that even super dad shouldn’t be trying to complete on his own. Doing so without the proper knowledge, tools, and experience could end up costing you more than it’s worth. Here’s a list of home improvement jobs you should leave to the pros.
1. Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels
Thinking of renovating your kitchen or bathroom? You probably shouldn’t do so without at least consulting a contractor. There’s a lot that goes into renovating these rooms. From electrical work to plumbing and permits, there are several tasks that basic handyman knowledge will not be enough. Working with a kitchen and bathroom design company such as Gilmans is ideal. This way, you can be a part of the entire design and build process but have the backing of licensed contractors.
2. Roof Repairs
Climbing up on a ladder to clean the gutters is okay if you’re cool with heights, but making your own roof repairs is probably not a good idea. The roof covers and provides shelter for your entire home. Should you improperly repair the roof it could result in extensive damage to the structure of your home.
3. Tree Removal
Got a tree that’s starting to cause some damage to your house? It’s probably not a good idea to go out there yourself and chop it down. Tree removal is very dangerous and requires expertise and skill that the average guy just doesn’t have. You’ll need to know how deep the roots are planted, which way the tree will fall once you cut it, what direction to cut in and more. Cutting it yourself could cause someone to get hurt. Or cause serious damage to your home.
4. Removing Lead Paint
Lead paint, often found in older homes can be very dangerous for younger children – especially when dispelled into the air. Trying to remove lead paint from your walls on your own could prove time-consuming and leaves your children vulnerable to exposure to the lead particles released into the air. While it might seem easy enough to chip away the paint and slap on a fresh coat, its best for your health and safety to let a professional do it for you.
Whether you’re completing tasks around the house to save money or to impress the family, you have to know when to call the pros. There are some home improvements you can do on your own, but trying to complete any of the above tasks on your own could result in serious injuries to you and your loved ones, or horrible structure damage to your home. The best bet is to let the professionals do what they do best.
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