So many DIY projects seem simple when you read about them online and in magazines but be very careful as you begin them, you sometimes soon come to the conclusion that it may be a DIY project too far for your skills at that stage.
DIY projects are by nature a hobby that helps you improve your house or flat, save you money and make you feel good, often on a regular basis. These are good reasons to take a job on, but it is so important to understand your edges, what can you really do comfortably within your own skill set and ofter tool set!! And what you should really leave to a professional, even though you know you are so close to being able to do that.
Here are some projects we don’t think you should try unless you are quite confident you will be able to not only start the job but more importantly finish it correctly and in good time.
Roof repairs or siding repairs
Roofs and sidings are always needing repair after time, they get hit with everything the weather throws at the house, be it rain, sun, wind, it all mounts up. So you will need to replace roof tiles or siding at some stage, both need constant maintenance to ensure your home is kept weather tight.
There is a lot of good information on the web, tv, radio, books, magazines that show you how to replace roof tiles, panels and siding using your own skills. But beware this one has to be done right or your home will be open to the elements.
The issue is fixing panels and siding is a craft that is learnt over time and they have to be layered perfectly or they will leak and any small issues will allow water, sun, wind in and over time will cause a lot of damage and you won’t necessarily know it is happening until it is to late.
So our recommendation is to leave this to the roofing professionals who do this al the time and have the experience and skill to know how to handle all issues and you also get a guarantee. It isn’t worth you trying, trust us.
Electrical or Plumbing Jobs
OK if you thought roofing and siding work was tricky, electrical and plumbing jobs are real tricky to get right, anyone can have a go and anyone can make real big mistakes. Simple projects like, changing a light fixture, adding a dimmer, adding a light, changing a tap, stopping a leaky tap or leaking bath can be done if done carefully and all precautions taken. The key here is to read a lot before you start, so you have it in your head what you are going to do and you have a plan.
Now bigger jobs than these require the professionals as they could cause fires, floods and harm to those in the house, not through your own fault, just through your inexperience.
Everyone wants to renovate their kitchen at some point in their life
Who doesn’t want a remodeled kitchen with new fixtures and cabinets, new appliances and more open space? Especially after watching those home and garden shows where they tear almost everything out and start new. Those DIY specialists do show it to be simple. But redoing your kitchen requires a lot of electrical and plumbing work, as well as plenty of power tools and special know-how. While it looks plenty easy on television, there are a lot of people working behind the scenes and a lot of man hours completed to get kitchens all done in a few days or weeks. If you’re going to do a serious remodel, be sure to seek the right kind of help from decorators, electricians, and of course those lovely plumbers.
Change up, upscale expensive and or items that mean a lot to you
If you have old family heirlooms such as an old oak chest, a china cabinet, or other household item, it can seem like a neat idea to redo these items yourself. Maybe you have a possession or two that belonged to grandma or grandpa, and you would love to take on the task of bringing it into its best state ever. While this is a fine idea, if you have not done the DIY project on something that isn’t a family heirloom, don’t chance it. Try sanding and sealing a thrift store chair before you try great-grandma’s old rocker. And don’t try to replace the glass in the china cabinet if you’ve never done so before. Leave those old items with sentimental value for professional restorers.