Renovations That Are Best Left to the Professionals

Renovations That Are Best Left to the Professionals
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    There is no question that a healthy DIY attitude can save you a lot of money on renovations.

    Thanks to the wealth of high-quality guides and videos online, many renovation projects don’t require professional assistance.

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For both safety and legal reasons, there are some renovations best left in the hands of professionals.

Electrical Repairs

Electrical repairs and upgrades are inherently dangerous for a couple of reasons. Forget to turn off the power and you can electrocute yourself. Rewiring requires you to understand the exact voltages and amperages in your home. Use the wrong gauge of wiring and it can cause a fire. Just as important, using the wrong wires means your home will no longer be up to code. Then there is the possibility of incorrectly wiring an outlet or fixture, which can also start a fire. When it comes to electricity, you’re much better off leaving it in the hands of a professional.

HVAC

Heating, ventilation and cooling are less inherently dangerous, but easier to get wrong. You heating unit may require access to propane or natural gas, which means either running or tying a pipe into the unit. Most cooling units require a coolant. In many areas, regulations require a licensed professional to make any changes to your heating and cooling. In some areas, you can make some changes, such as physically installing a unit, but a professional must put the coolant into the system or tie in the gas. As HVAC plays a critical role not only in comfort, but in the environmental quality of your home, better to let a professional handle the work.

Decks

Decks look great and can add value to your home, but properly installing a deck requires a lot of things to come together. A deck takes poured concrete supports, attaching material to the side of your home and staining the wood. If any of these things go wrong, the deck can deteriorate, damage your home and lower your home value.

Plumbing

Plumbing repairs look easy, but are insidious. Since most water pipes are either hidden under the house or in the walls, a improper repair can go unnoticed for a long time. By the time the flawed repair is obvious, it can mean thousands of dollars in water damage repairs. It’s worth it to spend a little more up front for a plumbing professional, than a lot more later for a contractor.

DIY can be gratifying and cost-effective, but it can also lead incredibly expensive damage that requires a contractor to repair. Done incorrectly, DIY renovations can leave your house out of code. As a rule of thumb, if it involves electricity, HVAC, decks or water, hire a professional to do it.

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