Home Maintenance 2018 – Four Jobs That You Should Leave to the Professionals

Home Maintenance 2018 – Four Jobs That You Should Leave to the Professionals
August 23 04:14 2018 Print This Article

One of the best parts of home ownership is being the master of your own castle. Unfortunately, when that happens, you’re also responsible for the upkeep and repair of everything in your castle. This means that when something breaks or needs fixing, you have to take care of it yourself. That can range from something as simple as replacing the weather stripping on your door to a task as complicated as renovating your kitchen.

Some repairs and maintenance are simple for an average homeowner who knows their way around a set of tools. However, there will always be tasks that are either too complex or too expensive for someone to do themselves. This level will be different for everyone; for some people, fixing a leaking toilet will take an afternoon and a trip to a local store. For others, the thought of replacing the wax seal sends them to the phone to call a repair company like Hiller. As a responsible homeowner, you need to know what tasks you can undertake, and which you’ll need help for.

There are a lot of home repairs that you can and should take care of on your own. Things like patching a hole in drywall, or knowing how to fix a toilet that’s running constantly are basic repairs. Knowing how to replace a leaky pipe under your sink and other basic plumbing fixes will save you a lot of time and money. Even some things that may seem tricky, like installing a smart thermostat or smart light switches are readily done in an afternoon.

On the other side of the equation, there are definitely some home repairs that you should leave up to the experts. These are jobs that the average homeowner might be able to do on their own but might find that going with a professional will save them time, money, frustration, or a combination of all three. Here are four jobs that fall into that category.

  1. Electrical Work – There are times when doing something on your home’s electrical system is simple, such as replacing a light switch. However, for major work that involves replacing or renovating wiring, a licensed electrician should be consulted. The major reason is that installing wiring requires that the work be up to local and national building codes; failure to do so can result in penalties and having to redo the entire job, likely costing you even more because the person you hire will have to undo what you did first. It is a huge waste of time and effort to perform a job, only to find out it isn’t up to code and have to pay to have it done anyway.
  2. Foundation or Load-Bearing Adjustments – A lot of home renovations involve removing walls to open up spaces. However, it’s imperative that you don’t remove anything until you know if it’s a load-bearing structure. And if it is, you should think about hiring a professional. As a general rule of thumb, unless you know how to calculate live and dead loads in your home, you don’t want to remove joists or tinker around with your home’s foundation. Messing up here is going to cause more than just a minor kerfuffle. You can potentially cause hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage as stress damage expands beyond the area you made the mistake on.
  3. Roofing – This is an area where you can save yourself a lot of headache by hiring a roofing contractor. With the prices that you can get quoted, it’s tempting to just go buy a few squares of roofing shingles and climb up on your roof and hammer them in. But before you do, consider how much time it’s going to take to complete the job. You have to rip off the old shingles and dispose of them and get the new set on, hoping that inclement weather isn’t going to ruin your underlayment. Hiring a roofing contractor means that you don’t have to worry about that. It may cost a little extra, but what is peace of mind worth?
  4. HVAC Work – When it comes to your HVAC system, there are some things you can do. Clearing debris, making sure the filters are cleaned and changed regularly and keeping the vents clear are all important things. But when something goes wrong with your heating or air conditioning system, that’s not the time to tinker with it. In the blazing heat of summer or the icy chill of winter, you want your HVAC system up and running as quickly as possible. And that is a job best left to someone with experience. You should also rely on them to do your annual cleaning and preventative maintenance checks so that you can make sure that your equipment will last as long as possible.

Depending on your experience and comfort level with tools, you will find that you can do a lot of the average maintenance and repairs on your home. However, the moment you find yourself out of your depth, you should put away your pride and consult a licensed professional. Doing so may sting your ego a bit, but it could end up saving you time and money. And if you watch them at work, you’ll know what to do next time.

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