3 Ways to Tell Your Next Renovation Shouldn’t Be DIY

3 Ways to Tell Your Next Renovation Shouldn’t Be DIY
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    The DIY movement is great for those who like to get their hands dirty and save a bit of money. Not every job, though, can be done on your own.


Below are three types of jobs you should avoid doing by yourself.

It’s a Big Task

There’s a big difference between a job you can knock out on your own and a job that requires a team. If you’re looking to build an entirely new structure, you’ll probably be better off with professional help. It’s not just that it makes the job easier, but that professional help will make the job practical to finish.

You might be able to put together a DIY shed on your own, but a full attached garage will usually require more than one or two people pitching in on the weekend. Don’t be discouraged by not being able to do these jobs alone—they’re designed for full teams.

It’s Outside the Ordinary

There are a ton of great resources out there for DIY work—as long as you are tackling a project that’s common. If you are trying to do something unique or overly complex, you’re usually out of luck. Even if you’re a fairly skilled handyman, you’ll probably still want to leave this kind of work to the professionals.

Take roofing, for example. If you are working on an oddly-shaped roof, or want to use an unusual roofing material, a professional roofer can probably do the job more safely (and quickly) than you’ll be able to do on your own. While you may have done roofing previously, it can be hard to find out how to handle unique situations.

It Requires Specialized Knowledge

Finally, you’ll want to avoid any DIY projects that require a lot of specialized knowledge or experience. This isn’t because doing the job itself is necessarily tough—and it very well might be—but because it takes training to deal with the problems when things go wrong. Electrical and plumbing jobs generally fall under this heading. Many sensitive jobs require a professional’s touch when things don’t go according to plan. You could handle some of these jobs in an ideal world, but disaster can strike quickly when things go wrong.

Always be reasonable when determining if a job is really DIY or not. If the job is too unique, too big, or too tough, let a professional take over. Admitting that you can’t do it all isn’t a failing—it shows that you are a responsible homeowner who cares about your property.

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Brook Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan