When you move into a new home, it can be very tempting to start tearing it apart so that you can renovate it to the standards and vision that you have for yourself. The idea of rolling your sleeves up and getting stuck into the home that you saved and grafted to own is one that is extremely attractive. It makes sense, then, that you would want to go and buy the right tools to get your new home looking amazing.
But stop right there. No matter how good you think that you are at decorating a home, there are just some jobs that you do not touch. We’re not talking a lick of paint on the walls or investing in wood flooring adhesive to sort the loose flooring in the lounge. We’re talking rewiring a bedroom to make a home office. We’re talking rerouting the plumbing so that you can have an ensuite next to your bedroom. These are jobs that – unless you have the right certification and skills – should absolutely be left to the professionals. We’ve got five of the top jobs that you should be considering for your home, but not to fix for yourself!
Gas Leaks. DIY includes all manner of ways to make improvements and fixes. It also includes ensuring that your boiler cupboard doors are fixed correctly. What it doesn’t include is fixing a gas leak. If you smell gas, you need to contact your provider and wait for them to come out and fix the issue.
Asbestos Removal. While you’re ripping back parts of the walls and floors, you may come across asbestos – especially in older homes. It used to be used as a way to insulate and protect a home from the cold. If you see asbestos, never try to remove it yourself as it’s a hazard to health and should be disposed of as hazardous waste.
New Bathroom. Fitting a new bathroom suite should absolutely be left to someone who has more experience and knowledge of plumbing and pipework in general. Breaking water regulations can result in a fine, and it’s best to avoid that.
Internal Wall Replacement. Not many people know this but knocking down an internal wall can result in the ceiling coming down on you. Consulting a structural engineer is the best thing that you can do before you make any decisions about supporting walls in your home. You may also need permission from the local council before you tear it down.
Repairing The Roof. This is one of those jobs that could require machinery and scaffolding, neither of which you will be equipped to use in the home. Take the advice and call in the professionals to fix broken parts of the roof and you will be able to enjoy a home without looking at the stars from your bedroom.
Doing it yourself is fun, but doing it right is what matters. You may not be able to do it all but you can save yourself a disaster and look for the right help.