Maybe you have a neighbor who is an ardent do-it-yourselfer, and almost never needs to look up the number of a plumber or repairman in the phone book. He always gets his tools out whenever there’s some disrepair in his apartment. You may feel envious and find yourself wondering if you could do your own fixes and renovations to save money. You could also enjoy a sense of pride and autonomy knowing that you did it yourself. To go from being the guy is always calling someone to look at something to someone like your neighbor who knows which tools and materials to use for every project, you need to take baby steps on the way to becoming a full-fledged do-it-yourselfer. Start out with minor projects and move on to medium and finally large ones once you gain expertise. Use the Internet as a resource for learning how to make repairs and install new items. Still, it is important to keep in mind which projects can be done solo and which require expert guidance.
Things You Can Do Yourself
There are certain projects that most people can do themselves. These tasks do not involve danger and mistakes can be relatively inexpensive to fix. Changing the filters on air conditioners, for instance, is something that should be done every month in the summer time and can help your air conditioner function more efficiently. It amazes many technicians the number of times people call them when a simple check of the air conditioning filter would’ve done the trick. You should also make a list of maintenance tasks and checkups around the house that need to be performed on a regular basis. You should inspect your roof, for instance, at least once a year and know what to look for.
Cleaning gutters is another task that you can do yourself, but be extra careful when dealing with gutters on a roof. You can do your own pruning if you know where to make the cut, and how to grow trees more effectively. Painting is a job many people like to do themselves, but mistakes can be expensive and could damage furniture. Choose a time to paint when you are not distracted or rushed, and enlist the aid of partners to help you with a major painting project. Painting your own apartment can be an elaborate project but is enjoyable and gives you a sense of satisfaction.
Things You Should Not Do Yourself
Projects that can be potentially dangerous or cause irreparable damage if done incorrectly should be handled by professionals. If you have a rotting tree hanging in a place where it could fall and cause problems, have a tree removal service take it away rather than attempting to saw it down yourself. If there is a mistake, and the tree slips and falls while it is being removed, you may be left with serious damage to your property without having taken the tree away. Avoid doing any project yourself that involves breaking down walls because of electrical and plumbing connections that may be located in places you can’t see until it’s too late.
Repaving your driveway may seem like a challenging task you could do solo, but the measuring involved in the project is so time-consuming that you will most likely throw your hands up and hire professionals anyway. Incorrect measuring can ruin driveway replacement and cost you much more money than you would’ve saved doing it yourself correctly. Aside from clearing out drains, plumbing should be left to the experts. The same it is true about using electricians to solve electrical problems which can be deadly if mishandled. Never try to fix an aboveground pool yourself, because the entire structure could collapse with disastrous results. Aside from roof inspection, call an expert roofer rather than undertake any roof projects yourself. Not only should you be concerned about the possibility of slipping off of your roof while making repairs, but mistakes made on your roof can cause flooding in your home. If you see a few tiles that are warped and cracked, you could replace them, but if there is significant roof damage, resist the temptation to do it yourself.
Siding protects your home from the elements and so get help to preserve your precious investment. Leave siding installation to the experts, because proper siding placement affects your entire home. The same is true of window replacement which can be a more intricate process than it appears to be at first glance.
Do it Yourself with Some Help
The list of projects not to attempt to do yourself may seem a bit long, but there are a number of things you can do to improve your home by yourself, but with a subcontractor who is knowledgeable and experienced. Do-it-yourself doesn’t need to be taken literally, but you can take charge of a project while having a number of extra hands do the work. Choose workers who have experience in making renovations and can provide expertise as well as labor. These workers may command a higher price tag than those without skills, but it may still be cheaper than hiring a company to do it.
If you plan to knock down walls to install a new kitchen, have the area inspected by electricians and plumbers to ensure that you won’t be interfering with anything essential behind the walls. You will need to supervise the workers while they are on the site, and keep your eyes open for theft. If you work full time, you may not be able to supervise such a project, and it might be worthwhile to hire professionals. However, if you have some experience and some time on your hands, doing renovations with the help of subcontractors may be the way to go.
If you’re tired of calling someone else to do repairs, there are certain things you can do yourself if you have the right information and equipment. However, things that involve danger or potential damage should be left to professionals. If you have the time and knowledge, you may be able to make minor renovations with the help of subcontractors.