When taking on a home renovation project, some people take on the challenge of doing it themselves as opposed to calling in contractors. Going DIY can save you money, give you total control and give you a huge sense of fulfilment – providing you know what you’re doing. Times have changed and going DIY isn’t always the best option anymore if you’re not a professional. Here are a few reasons to call in professionals and not try to tackle it yourself.
DDIY: Don’t Do It Yourself
DIY can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing
Not all DIY jobs are particularly dangerous, however many are. Accidents as the result of DIY are some of the most common forms of accident-related injury – these include falls from ladders, accidentally drilling through wires and cutting oneself with power tools. Botched DIY jobs can also result in later accidents some of which can be fatal including gas leaks, fires from faulty wiring and collapsed walls as the result of failing to support load bearing walls above. Consider whether you really want to risk it – hiring a professional company such as American Home Contractors could prevent you having to climb up onto a roof where you could suffer a nasty fall, whilst a professional gas plumbing company could ensure you don’t exactly create a carbon monoxide leak.
DIY is time-consuming
Most people don’t have the time or patience to carry out DIY tasks these days. Another benefit to hiring professionals is not having to give up your free time – contractors can get on with the job whilst you get on with your work. Contractors are likely to be able to get on with the job more quickly as well due to their experience – this could mean less time using a portaloo if you’re getting your bathroom renovated, or less time having to eat takeaways if you’re getting your kitchen remodelled.
Of course, there are still times when DIY is a good option
Some jobs are simple such as putting up a shelf or repainting a skirting board – if you feel confident doing these, there’s no reason to call in professionals. DIY jobs can also sometimes bring people a sense of achievement – if you have the time and patience to retile a bathroom and it’s a task you enjoy, there’s no reason why not to give it a go.
All in all, you should weigh up the dangers, costs and feasibility with the sense of enjoyment. Putting up a curtain rail isn’t going to be dangerous, costly or impractical so it makes sense to do this task yourself. However, replacing a window or knocking down a wall could have its associated risks and challenges which make it a better suited task for the hands of a professional.
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