It’s sometimes easy to think when something gets broken in your house, that you can sort it out yourself. In most cases, if you have a bit of DIY magic in your fingers, you can do a lot on your own and still save plenty. Especially, if, like most homeowners, you didn’t plan for all the unexpected costs that are hidden in a house! But there are some specific cases where you should place safety before cost-saving DIY. Some lack of knowledge can endanger your life, your house, and your money; here are the four specific home renovation situations where a professional can save you a lot of troubles. Where not to burden yourself with DIY!
Time To Change The Bathroom? Get A Pro To Do It
If you have already had a bathroom installed or checked by a certified plumber, you might think that you know what you are doing. After all, you’ve watched your plumber work! Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can manage a whole bathroom renovation project on your own, whether you intend to get a new flooring or install a new shower. Even simple things, such as a flooring project, will require professional equipment to cut the tiles to fit around your tub, shower and toilet. But more importantly, bathrooms are tricky to work on for amateurs and DIY enthusiasts, because pipes that are running through the walls and under the floor can easily get damaged. But that’s not all: Several home insurances don’t cover your home for water claims caused by DIY hazards.
A Kitchen That Works For You And Your Home Insurance
It’s no surprise: Kitchens are also among the rooms that need to be renovated by a professional in your house. There are specific risks in a kitchen renovation project. Indeed, you will find elements that need to be connected to your plumbing system and others that need to be linked to the electric system. It is generally accepted that mixing those can be a very bad idea. Most home insurances will not cover you for accidents caused by someone who isn’t professionally qualified to work on renovating a kitchen. Similarly, if you are looking for cheap options for your kitchen appliances, do not buy anything from eBay or other individual sources as this is likely to come without a warranty.
As A General Rule: Electricity Is A No Go
It’s a simple enough rule: Don’t play with electricity in your house. This means don’t change sockets, don’t extend your line or don’t add or remove any further electrical line by yourself. This is a professional work that needs to be done by an electrician for you to be safe and legally protected.
Extensions: Not Cheaper To Do It Alone
If you are planning an extension to your house, it is often recommended on online forums to try to work through your plans with a bit of DIY cleverness. Again, unless you are planning an extension without any water or electricity in it, it’s likely that your home insurance won’t accept any claim on it. Additionally, working with an architect will make sure that your permission and other legal documents are correct and that you can rely on an expert to provide you with the best possible solution for your house.