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Home Improvements That Are Best Left to Professionals

December 1, 2016

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It is difficult to deal with maintenance challenges at home, especially when it comes to money. Most of the time, we consider doing the projects ourselves to save on the expense of fixing the problem. However, not all home projects are appropriate for DIY. In fact, for the sake of safety – and long term cost-effectiveness – it’s best to leave certain jobs to the professionals. There are projects that are too function-specific or risky for us to do ourselves, and to avoid getting injured or creating further, more expensive problems, there are times it’s best to bite the bullet and hire someone to do the work.

What are examples of home projects that are best left to professionals?

  • Electrical work – Unless you are an electrician, never meddle with electrical items. This includes electrical boxes, outlets, and wires. These are high-risk tasks that are only meant for professionals because there are lots of safety hazards involved, including electrocution and long term house fire risks.
  • Removing a wall – Knocking down a wall during home renovations should not be done by you unless a professional is present. You don’t want to accidentally knock down foundation supporting beams, electrical wiring, or plumbing.
  • Plumbing repairs – If you encounter problems with your plumbing, call your plumber immediately. Water problems are best answered by a certified plumber to avoid making matters worse.
  • Roof repairs – Whenever you want to have your roof fixed, call a professional to do it. Not only does this protect you against personal safety hazards during installation, but it ensures the work is done properly. If roof work is not done properly, you could face the nightmare of leaks throughout your house.
  • Gas appliance repair – Gas leaks can be very dangerous to your health and produce serious fire hazards. Gas appliances are simple when they’re working, but when they need repair, certain procedures must be followed. So, call a professional to assess the damage before taking any action by yourself.

Large tree removal – Sure, it’s easy to do basic trimming yourself, but when it comes to large tree removal, hire a professional. The last thing you want is a tree falling onto your house and causing major damage. Or, the liability of it falling on a neighbor’s house! Large trees require big tools, especially when it comes to removing their far-reaching roots without damaging your house’s foundation. You also have to be careful that you’re not damaging any electrical or gas lines.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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