5 Extreme Home Makeover Projects to Leave to the Pros

5 Extreme Home Makeover Projects to Leave to the Pros
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    DIY (do-it-yourself) home makeover projects are certainly in vogue these days.

    This is mostly due to the ever-increasing amount of cable TV programs dedicated to such concepts.

    Unfortunately, most of these projects require more than a bit of skill to complete safely and efficiently.

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While television and the internet may imply otherwise, the sad truth is that the majority of DIY projects are failures rather than successes. Here are five home makeover projects that will be much better off left to the professionals.

1. Plumbing

Well-working plumbing systems are essential to your home, so unless you really know what you are doing, it is best to call in a plumber for larger jobs, such as a kitchen makeover. It’s true that small tasks, such as fixing leaky faucets, can be especially handy during off-hours such as evenings and weekends. However, just because you can handle small jobs well doesn’t mean you should naively believe that you can tackle huge game-changers such as replacing a complex drain network.

2. Electrical

Your home’s wiring and circuitry are extremely important to your household’s everyday life. Tinkering with such a system without the skills necessary can do serious, and possibly irreparable, damage. It is also highly dangerous. Replacing a simple light fixture does not even compare with the complexity of the majority of household electrical projects. After all, one live wire or overloaded circuit can lead to a catastrophic injury or an electrical fire.

3. Doors and Windows

While there are several window and door projects to consider, most homeowners are usually looking to upgrade, change styles, or invest in green, energy-saving equipment. While switching out a first floor window pane may seem easy, there are several multi-step projects that will require the skills of a licensed professional. Such workers have all the necessary tools and know-how to complete a door or window installation quickly, safely, and efficiently.

In addition to basic installation and carpentry skills, the pros have training in re-sizing the required opening for each window or door installed, including applying dry wall and paint with the proper care. Greg Zeigler, the co-owner of Arch Design, a Cincinnati window and door installation company, explains, “[We take] pride in [our] craftsmanship and ability to match existing paint and stain colors…” These are skills that most DIYers lack.

4. Bathrooms

Bathrooms may be in need of frequent updating as styles and trends tend to come and go. However, while bathrooms are a favorite of the aforementioned DIY TV programs, conducting a complete remodel requires several different skill sets that most people are unlikely to possess. There is a huge difference between updating hardware and tearing apart the existing tile and plumbing to switch fixtures around. Proceed with caution and hire a team of skilled technicians instead.

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5. Hardwood Flooring

While there are pre-finished floors that are sold in retail outlets, the best hardwood floors are nailed down, sanded and finished on-site. Unfortunately, nailing down a hardwood floor is not an easy task, and it is best left to someone with extensive training in the field. Even the glue adhesives that are sold to replace traditional nails are not simple to work with. If some of these compounds are not handled carefully, they can create quite a mess and can possibly destroy the top layer of your floor before it is completed. It really isn’t worth the risk.

It is understandable that many semi-handy homeowners would consider conducting home makeover projects on their own. After all, with the recent downturn in the economy, saving some cash here and there seems like a wise decision. However, most DIYers without appropriate training have found that they spend more money in the long run due to repairs and replacements. This is why most people should think twice before passing on the expertise of a professional.

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