There are many home improvements that promise to add luxury to your living quarters and seriously increase the market value of your home. However, not all of these home improvements are intended for laymen, so better leave the 8 projects for professionals to handle.
Don’t worry, when the final tally is made, you’ll definitely make a profit.
Shoddy plumbing repairs
Ignoring a leak in the bathroom is not only hard but not very smart. Namely, if you ignore a dripping underneath the washbasin, for instance, the crack could easily burst the pipe over time. That’s why you need to react the day you notice the leak but not by grabbing a wrench and sorting out matters yourself.
Shoddy plumbing repairs can lead to even greater problems, especially in older structures where meters of piping need replacement. It is better to ask a professional plumber to take a look rather than dabbling on your own with seals, stoppers, vales, and pivot rods.
Cleaning the gutters: Yes. Replacing them: No!
Fall is the time of the year when gutters need a thorough cleaning. You ought to grab a ladder, climb up the roof, and use a rake to clear all the debris, namely, fallen leaves.
While cleaning them, you should inspect the gutter for potential issues: such as corrosion or loose straps.
It might seem easy to fix a section of the gutter system but the job should be left to professional roofers. Drain water can be quite unpredictable, so you might end up doing more harm than good.
Electrical wiring inside the walls
There is a reason why wires are installed inside a wall, as the house or building is still under construction. There is always the possibility to run electrical wires in a finished wall but you possess a basic understanding of electricity, better stay clear of this improvement.
The job isn’t dangerous on it its own as the power is switched off while you work but all hell can break loose after you flip the switch. One wrong or faulty connection and cause a short circuit, setting the wiring on fire.
Installing various electrical appliances
Electrical work is dangerous, there’s no question about it, which is why most electrical appliances have the famous label: “DO NOT OPEN; SHOCK HAZARD.”
In fact, if you purchase a home amenity, such as a smoke alarm, a fancy LED light, or a solar system, call an experienced electrician to install it for you.
These electrical appliances aren’t as simple to operate as a TV or a fridge, so make sure a professional hooks them up to the electrical grid.
Never renovate the basement on your own
The basement is one of the rooms most suitable for a makeover, as homeowners can make a gym or a man cave down here. However, the strategic location of the basement implies that the slightest of mistake can be paid dearly.
Namely, digging out the basement, which is called underpinning, jeopardized the walls of the basement, as well as the house’s foundations. In addition, laymen often forget all about fire safety in the basement, so they omit sprinklers and vapor barriers.
Leave the walls as they are
Major structural work, like tearing down or moving walls, is better left to professional builders. You might own your home but you’re a mere tenant, as you weren’t the one who constructed it nor do you possess the blueprint to it.
Taking out a wall is dangerous because you can’t fully understand the effect this demolition will have on the structure’s statics. The last you want to do is damage or remove a load-bearing wall! Only a professional builder understands all repercussions of move this or that wall.
Stay clear of gas installations
When it comes to the level of potential danger, gas pipes as just as dangerous as power lines. You should stay clear of gas furnaces, heaters, water boilers, and ovens. If a gas leak occurs, there could be serious health problems; not to mention the danger of an explosion.
When it comes to gas appliances, your only duty is to maintain them regularly and use them according to the manual. The moment they malfunction and/or stop working entirely, ring a qualified expert to come over and diagnose the problem.
Don’t open computer peripherals
Let’s face it; a computer mouse isn’t a complex device. It is opened using a Philips-head screwdriver but you should, nevertheless, restrain yourself from opening it. In fact, you shouldn’t open a single computer peripheral, as you automatically lose the warranty.
During the warranty period (e.g. in the EU the period is 2 years), you should return the peripheral to the seller and they will either repair it for you free of charge or they’ll give you a new mouse if it’s beyond repair.
These were the 8 topmost home improvement unsuited for laymen. Most homeowners aren’t professional carpenters, plumbers, or electricians but luckily, there are local experts from all industries found online. Give them a call to avoid a shoddy installation.