When it comes to home improvements, you can often save money by doing it yourself. However, the following projects are almost always best left to professionals.
- Home additions or major remodels – While the cost savings of undertaking these large projects can be hard to resist, it’s easy to get in over your head. A skilled professional will keep the project up to code and moving along, especially when unexpected problems arise.
- Driveway repaving – Without the proper equipment, you’re likely to experience cracks and settling. A concrete contractor will ensure a level surface.
- Roof repairs – Professional roofers have the knowledge, experience, ladders, and tools to quickly and safely complete repairs or replace the entire roof.
- Tree removal – For your own safety, hire a tree trimmer to cut down large trees, particularly near power lines.
- Major plumbing or electrical work – Plumbing and electrical projects often require permits, and a mistake could cause extensive damage to your home. It’s best to hire a licensed worker for any significant repairs.
- Foundation work – An improper foundation can threaten the structural integrity of your home. Hire a qualified contractor to ensure it’s done right.
For smaller projects around the home, the following questions can help you determine whether to do it yourself or hire a pro.
- Are permits required? A licensed professional will understand the permitting process and can ensure your project complies with city requirements and local building codes.
- Will I be happy with the result? If you make a mistake, will you be able to live with it? If you are a perfectionist who will be irritated by small blemishes or inconsistencies, it may make the most sense to pay a pro.
- Do I have the necessary time, talent and tools? It’s important to conduct an honest assessment of your abilities and resources before starting a project. If you fall short on any of these, hire someone who can help you achieve your vision.
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