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DIY Projects: When to Hire a Professional

by Aug 27, 2019Home Tips

If you’re a do-it-yourself enthusiast, you might be eager to take on every home renovation project your house requires. There are plenty of things you can do yourself with some basic knowledge and the help of tutorials — but how do you know when it’s time to call in a professional? 1st Choice Inspection Services has seen the good, the bad, and the dirty of DIY, and we’re here to help you recognize when a task has become too much to handle on your own.

DIY Projects for Pros

Some projects shouldn’t be DIY’d because of their scope or potential hazards involved. For major remodeling, foundation repair, or anything involving toxic substances, we encourage you to hire a professional. Some projects you should never try to DIY include:

  • Major Additions. If you’re looking to add a bedroom or even a second story to your house, the job might be too much for one person. Major additions or remodeling projects require a lot of time and materials. Professionals have the connections to get discounted rates on bulk purchases, and they work fast and efficiently because they are very experienced.
  • Mold Removal. There is much more involved in mold removal than scrubbing your walls with bleach. Safety protocols must be followed. The same goes for lead and asbestos. To avoid causing harm to yourself or spreading the substance to other parts of your home, let a professional handle the dirty work.
  • Driveway Repairs. If your driveway is starting to show wear and tear, you might be tempted to resurface it yourself. Patching spots on the pavement is probably within DIY territory, but a full repaving requires professional equipment, precision, and practice. It’s probably best to hire a pro from the get-go.
  • Roof Repairs. Roof repairs should always be done by a professional roofer because of the danger involved. Climbing ladders and walking around on damaged roofs is something they do daily, but a DIYer could easily injure themselves. Pro roofers also know how to spot damage that might not be obvious to non-professionals.
  • Major Plumbing and Electrical. Some plumbing tasks are okay for confident DIYers to attempt. Electrical can be a little more challenging. If you’re unfamiliar with either, the safest choice is to trust a professional with the project. Major electrical or plumbing projects should always be done by an experienced professional.
  • Large Tree Removal. While saplings and small trees can be cleared out by a homeowner, mature trees are a different story. Their removal requires you to climb, use a chainsaw, and possibly pull the tree with a motorized vehicle. Call a tree service to deal with tall, mature trees that you want removed from your property.
  • Foundation Repairs. Your home’s foundation is a key structural element. Foundation problems can cause cracks to form in your walls and ceiling, warping in your flooring, and more. Foundation repair can involve removing part of your floor, operating a jackhammer on concrete slabs, and inserting piers to level your house. A foundation repair specialist can do this quickly and correctly.

DIY projects are popular and can save you money, but it’s important to know your limits. If you’re preparing to sell your home, it’s especially important not to try a DIY project that could go badly and cause it to fail an inspection.

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1st Choice Inspection Services has been in the home inspection business for more than 30 years. We proudly serve the North Texas region, including the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas. Call us today or use our online form to schedule an inspection!


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