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When taking on home improvement projects, it’s tempting to attempt to do it all yourself. And while I’m a big believer in self-reliance, there are simply some things that are too complicated for a hobby DIY-er. Sure, it can be hard to admit that you need help and don’t have the expertise to do a project alone, but sometimes, you’ll end up saving money in the long run. Doing it yourself can result in costly mistakes if you’re not sure what you’re doing. More often than not, if you make a huge mistake, you’ll end up hiring someone to come fix it, and it will be much more expensive than it would’ve been originally. When are some instances when it’s a good idea to hire an expert?

 

Garage doors

 

A garage door seems like a fairly simple thing, doesn’t it? However, those springs that work the mechanism are amazingly heavy and bear a lot of weight. They can be really dangerous to handle yourself, and as this video states, it causes a lot of accidents for ambitious DIY-ers every year. When you need to install or make repairs to your garage door, it’s a good idea to hire someone else to fix it. This is just as much a safety precaution as it is making sure someone qualified is doing the work. If you install the door incorrectly, it could seriously hurt someone, whether it’s during the actual installation process, or after the fact.

 

Difficult plumbing issues

 

If you have a simple clog in your toilet, you can usually solve this problem with a plunger and a determined attitude. However, if you have a faucet that’s spraying water uncontrollably, or a burst pipe, it’s probably best to take a step back, and call your neighborhood plumber. They know what they’re doing, and they’ll have the tools to get the job done quickly with minimal damage. It’s also important to get things like cracks and drips taken care of early and efficiently before they cause major leaks and flooding in your home. Long-term water damage can undermine the foundation of your house or cause mold infestations that threaten your family’s health.

 

Electrical issues

 

Electrical issues can be really dangerous. When you don’t know what you’re doing, you run the risk of electrocution, as well as other complications. Unless you know exactly what the issue is and you already know how to fix it, it’s best to call an electrician to come in and assess the problem.

 

Interior Design

 

This one may not seem as important, but doing it yourself can be just as costly of a mistake as anything else on this list. If you’ve ever walked into Hobby Lobby and been overwhelmed by all of the decor options, and ended up buying way more things than you actually need because “they were cute,” you’ll know what kind of costly mistake I’m talking about. When tackling a new interior design project, it can be way too easy to get overwhelmed or over excited, and get a lot of expensive furniture and decor that you won’t end up using.

 

If you hire an interior designer or consultant, they’ll be able to look at the space objectively and help you decide what pieces will actually look good there, and what will actually be functional. You don’t want your home to look cluttered just because you thought the entire kitchen section at your local decor store looked good to you. Additionally, if you’re going for a very specific look in your bigger rooms, like a modern design for example, a professional will have insights on the subtleties that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself.

 

Redoing your floors

 

Some flooring options, like peel and stick laminate flooring, is fairly simple to figure out and can be done easily yourself. However, there are bigger projects, like replacing the carpet or doing tile, that are difficult to do yourself. For example, when you’re tiling a room, you not only have to remove the flooring that’s already in that room, but there’s a lot more involved with installing tile than a simple laminate. You’ll probably have to cut some of the tile, grout, and seal everything. If you do it incorrectly, you’ll have to painfully pull it back up and redo it with a new piece, as that piece will be ruined. If you hire a flooring specialist for this sort of project, you’ll have peace of mind knowing they’ll have all the necessary tools and they’ll get the job done efficiently.
There are plenty of simple projects that you can take on yourself, but it’s important to realize when the project is too big to handle alone. It’s okay to step aside, and let someone experienced take over.

 

 

Guest post by: Aurora M.

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