Don’t Try These DIY Jobs at Home


Going the DIY route is exciting and can be a low-cost way of completing various home projects. However, you should not attempt every project on your own. Some require the expertise and experience of a professional. Attempting to do them can be unsafe and can cause more damage, costing you even more money.

Here are 5 home projects you definitely should not do yourself.

1. Electrical work

Electrical work is a big no-no when it comes to DIY-ing. The safety risk is just too much for you to go around messing with wires and electrical appliances. Of course there are simple electrical projects you can carry out. For example, you can change bulbs, install a dimmer switch and change your ceiling fan. Installing and replacing simple electrical fixtures is not so difficult or risky.

The problem comes in when you try to tackle bigger electrical projects. For instance, do not attempt to do the wiring for the additional room you have just built. Anything involving modifying existing electrical circuits should be left to a licensed electrician in Wellington. Otherwise, you will be putting yourself and your whole family at risk.

2. Tree and stump removal

It may seem easy to just wield a power saw and cut down an old tree or get rid of a stump. But the work requires tremendous skill and experience. It is a high-risk job you should not attempt on your own. Not only could you injure yourself, you could also damage property. Even if you are just trimming off large branches, leave it to the professionals. If those overhanging branches or that decaying tree is bothering you, get on the phone and call the experts.

3. Home structural changes

There are simple home renovations you can do on your own. For instance, you can install new flooring in your bathroom or you can give your kitchen a new coat of paint. But any major renovations that involve touching your home’s structure should be left to the experts.

A good example is adding a new room or expanding an existing one. Knocking down a wall is not as easy as you may thing especially if there are electrical and plumbing works behind it. Do you know which are your load-bearing walls? Another area you should not touch is the foundation: You could compromise the integrity of your entire home.

4. Plumbing

Like electrical work, plumbing can be incredibly complex. One mistake and you could flood your whole house and cause a lot of damage. Or you could be dealing with an overflowing toilet that won’t stop. Before you even think of doing any plumbing repairs or upgrades, consult a licensed plumber and seek their services. In the end it will save you time and money and ensure that the work is done well.

5. Roofing

You don’t know the true condition of your roof until you are up there. Whether installing new guttering or fixing loose tiles, the roof really is one place where ‘one wrong step’ can have serious consequences. Even if the surface looks dry, there is still the chance of slipping on moss or stumping a toe and falling headlong.

The longer an inexperienced person spends on a roof alone, the greater the chance that an accident will happen. Give this job to the professionals and use the time to work on other projects around the home.

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