If you’re a DIY enthusiast, keeping your tools and belt in the garage may be difficult when the opportunity for an upgrade arises. Some projects are doable with minimal complications or risks. Meanwhile, there are certain home improvement projects you should never do alone because leaving it to the pros is the most sensible action; find out which tasks you should avoid tackling yourself here.
Tree and Branch Removal
As you trim your shrubbery, you may be motivated to trim those pesky tree branches that overshadow your garden or reach too close to powerlines. After all, maybe you think trimming trees isn’t any different from maintaining your hedges.
Well, you’d be wrong—very, very wrong.
You can take care of an errant branch here or there if it’s not too high. However, cutting down massive trunks at uncomfortable heights requires professional help. The last thing you want to do is fall and hurt yourself or have a branch fall on something—or someone—below.
After a thunderstorm brings heavy rain or the snow begins to melt, you might realize the roof has a small leak, allowing water into the house. Since roofing problems cost a chunk of change, you may want to take life by the horns and do this task yourself.
But we highly advise that you don’t.
You might have all the tools to give it a go, but you won’t do it as proficiently as the experts. The problem may be larger than a few loose shingles; professional roofers can diagnose any issues better than your untrained eye. A roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so don’t cut any corners.
When your energy bill skyrockets, you may consider getting replacement windows. As with roofing jobs, the initial cost of window replacements is higher. Because of the cost, some people might try doing the job themselves when they notice the signs that they need a window replacement.
In a perfect world, you would be an expert window installer, ensuring sealed windows have no leaks letting in or pushing out air. Unfortunately, that perfect world doesn’t exist, and the more likely outcome will be a more noticeable draft than ever before.
A professional window installer knows this task like the back of their hand. They will be able to install your new windows flawlessly and quickly.
If Super Mario Brothers proved anything, it’s that plumbing systems are complicated. You’re on a pipe one minute, and the next, you enter an underground lair. While you’re not taking on a Koopa Troopa in the sewers, you may encounter another set of problems when you try fixing your pipes yourself.
Plumbing systems are incredibly intricate, so don’t put your house at risk by trying to repair your pipes solo. Professional plumbers have seen and handled everything under the sun—or in this case, in your basement or crawlspace.
Painting the Home’s Exterior
After painting your kitchen or bedroom, you might think you could use your newfound talent to paint your home’s exterior. However, painting a room inside your home is nothing compared to what you’d have to do on the exterior.
You’d need plenty of prep time, tools, and general knowledge to paint your home’s siding and exterior. Instead, hire experienced painters to get the job done.
Recognizing which home improvement projects you should never do alone should put a full stop to attempting these challenging tasks. While DIYs have their place in any home, certain tasks are better left to the professionals.