4 Home Projects You Should Not DIY


Although you might be tempted to do all of your home renovations yourself, attempting to perform certain projects without the correct skills and knowledge could leave you and your family in danger, or could leave you having to pay out a lot of money in the future to fix the mistakes that you made. Then, here are some of the most common home projects that you should leave to the professionals, regardless of how much money you will save by performing these projects DIY.

1.   Roofing

Although you might believe that it is relatively easy to get up on a ladder to fix common roofing issues, such as loose tiles and leaks, this is not the case. Trying to replace your roof and fix common issues yourself can be difficult, as well as dangerous due to the height and changing weather conditions. Not only this, but trying to fix your roof yourself may leave you experiencing leaks in your roof for many months to come. Then, you should consider calling out a roofing company, which will have the experience and health and safety training to complete the project quickly and efficiently.

2.   Electrics

However, electrical projects are even more dangerous than roofing projects, and, if you want to avoid electrocuting yourself and your family, or starting a fire, you should make sure that you call out a professional to deal with faulty electrics or to rewire your home. Not only can electrical projects be dangerous and lead to fatalities, but you may also need certification for your electrics, which you will not be able to apply for if you have installed these yourself.

3.   Structural Work

Structural work and problems with the foundations of your home are one of the biggest projects that you might need to take on as a homeowner, with issues such as subsidence being extremely common. As well as these large problems, structural work can also refer to the need to knock down walls to create an open-plan space. Although you might believe that destroying walls is relatively simple and without any technicalities, this is not the case. Deciding to take on structural work yourself can lead to you interfering with the structural integrity of your entire home, or even disrupting the wiring that keeps electricity flowing into your house.

4.   Attic and Basement Conversions

Attic and basement conversions are much more than simply placing a few choice furniture items into a previously unused space. For instance, if you are converting an attic, you might have to board out your attic and lay down a sturdy flooring, as well as check for toxic substances such as asbestos, which were previously commonly used building materials for homes.

In terms of remodeling a basement, you will also need to make sure that your room meets certain standards in terms of insulation, damp-proofing, air circulation, electrics and fire-proofing that you did not previously need to adhere to when you were using your basement for its intended use.