Professional level home repair … whether you are preparing your house to sell or you are seized by the urge to tackle spring projects, do not try these at home (yourself). Some people are super handy and some are super handy with their contact list of repair people. No matter which you are, there are some repair jobs that truly are best left to the “professionals”.
You may think you will save money by attempting challenging or licensed repair work on your own. This often is disastrously not the case. Here are a few examples of good intentions gone wrong:
- A rookie at roofing fell through the ceiling, injuring the ceiling and his pride.
- A pretend plumber poked through pipes while snaking an upstairs tub and flooded the lower floor, requiring more extensive plumbing and a lot of ceiling repair.
- A permit penalty was imposed when someone upgraded a bathroom and their unqualified contractor neglected to pull the appropriate permits.
ReeceNichols recently posted in their News & Advice about which repairs should be handled by professionals. Pros have the experience to safely and efficiently handle your non-DIY repair projects. Here’s their advice:
DON’T TRY THESE REPAIRS AT HOME!
Doing home repair projects DIY-style can save you money. But there are a few projects that are too complex (or dangerous!) to tackle on your own.
For these projects, you may actually save time and money by calling a home repair specialist (such as Kansas City company A.B. May) to get them done right—the first time.
A leaky pipe can quickly turn into a flooded kitchen, basement, or bathroom—with expensive damage. Worse, the dampness can quickly create a mold problem. When you have a leak, it’s best to call a professional plumber.
According to the National Safety Council, more than 33,000 people died from falls in 2015 —and many of those were working on roofs or ladders. Don’t take the risk. Hire a professional to replace roof tile or fix leaks.
Adding a wall? Removing a wall? Doing a major basement renovation? To make sure your home meets municipal codes (and you can safely sell it later), hire a professional firm to do the work.
Unless you’re a trained electrician, leave electrical repairs (including wiring, rewiring, installation, and fixture replacement) to the professionals. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFi), there are more than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents every year in the U.S. They recommend looking for an electrician with at least four or five years’ experience.
Garage doors are surprisingly heavy, and the torsion springs are set very tightly. According to Garaga.com, newer garage doors can weigh up to 400 pounds or more. Leave repairs and replacements to the garage door specialists.
Asbestos is a known carcinogenic that requires special equipment for handling, especially if it’s old and crumbly. Hire someone with experience removing it.
ANY WORK REQUIRING A PERMIT
If your finished project does not meet municipal codes (or you don’t get the right permit to begin with), then you may need to re-do it later to sell the house. Save yourself time and money by hiring a professional to do it right, the first time.
Let me know if you are considering selling your house, I can help you review what you should consider doing to prepare. You need to get ready to be ready. I am happy to refer you to a vetted list of professionals to help you tackle that pro-level project. I’m also happy to help if you are just crossing off a few of those spring to-do items. I like you all too much to see you take any risky chances. Call, text or email. I’m a great resource!
Enjoy this late spring,
Bob Myers Properties
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