Everybody wants to be the handyman, the do it yourselfer that saves a truckload of money and all of the neighbors are jealous of. True, there are lots of DIY projects that almost anybody can tackle if they choose, and there are many places to get the information you need to complete these projects. But there are some projects that should almost always be completed by professionals. There is a reason that some of the projects are expensive and require and insured contractor to complete. And just like you would brush and floss your teeth but wouldn’t try and fill your own cavities, you can practice certain DIY projects such as paining, carpentry trim work and tiling that spare bathroom, but you wouldn’t necessarily tackle roofing, plumbing and electrical work.
These three projects are not beyond some people’s capabilities, but they are tough and they require certain knowledge and experience that most people so not have. On top of that, they can be dangerous to not only the person performing the jobs, but for the rest of the people living in the home. So if you have any of these projects coming up, you may want to consider hiring a professional first. And here’s why:
How many people really know the ins and outs of their plumbing and how it works? Not many people do and most people’s knowledge doesn’t go past knowing how to change out a faucet or replace the hose on the back of the dryer. Would you want to tackle installing a new sink and running the drain and feeding lines? Could you replace and outside water spigot after it froze and broke over the winter? Would you want to? Here is the main problem with plumbing-you have to deal with water. Water damage is going to cost you money and can get out of control very quickly. It is very easy to make a mistake.
Everybody knows that electricity can kill you, but beyond the worst case scenario, it is difficult to work with if you do not know what you are doing. It can cause more damage, injuries and even fire which can damage, harm and even kill. Besides, most people do not know exactly how electricity works and that will usually keep them away from a project that involves electricity. The real danger is when the person has a little bit of knowledge on the subject and thinks that they know what they are doing. This is how people get hurt, because there isn’t enough expertise and in this case, knowing a “little” is not enough.
It goes without saying that roofing is dangerous. Not only are you working on a project that takes effort and knowledge, you are doing it in an environment that can be hazardous to your health. Most household injuries are caused from falls and the best way to fall is climbing up and down a ladder. In addition to being dangerous, the roof is an integral part of your homes structure and therefore needs to be repaired correctly. You can damage it by just working on the roof if you are not careful.
Besides the obvious problems with tackling these jobs, there is also the matter of having the proper equipment and tools to complete the project. Sometimes just purchasing the tools is enough to offset the idea of hiring out the job to a professional. Of course, there will always be an exception to the rule.
Some people are just good at everything and can complete just about any DIY or professional project that there is. But for most of us, we should consider the costs not only in the project, but in mistakes and self-inflicted damages caused by our own lack of expertise.