Most homeowners are capable of handling small repairs and maintenance tasks around the house. But there are some things that are best left to professionals.
This is especially true if the repair or maintenance task is complex, dangerous, or if it requires specialized tools or equipment.
This is not to say that you can’t do it yourself, but rather that it’s often smarter and safer to let someone with experience and expertise handle the job.
Here are seven things that fit into this category:
1. Electrical Problems
Many electrical problems are relatively minor and can be easily fixed by the homeowner. However, some electrical issues are more serious and can pose a safety hazard. If you’re not sure how to fix the problem, or if you don’t feel comfortable working with electricity, it’s best to call in a professional.
2. Plumbing Issues
Plumbing problems can range from a clogged drain to a broken pipe. While some plumbing issues are relatively easy to fix, others can be more complicated. A blocked drain is either a quick fix or a nightmare. It could range from a quick plunger fix to a trip to the hardware store for a drain snake. However, if you have a broken pipe, that’s a job for a professional with a CCTV drain camera.
3. HVAC Repairs
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are complex and require special training and expertise to repair. They will send out a technician to assess and repair the problem. Since these systems are designed to make life more comfortable, it’s best to let the experts handle any repairs.
4. Major Appliance Repairs
Many appliances, such as refrigerators and ovens, can be repaired by the homeowner. However, some appliances, such as washing machines and dryers, require special training and expertise to repair. We had out front loader washer flood our laundry room once because we tried to fix it ourselves! If you’re not sure how to fix the problem, or if the problem seems to be getting worse, it’s best to call in a professional.
5. Pest Control
Pest control is a complex issue that requires special training and expertise. Typical problems can range from a few ants in the kitchen to a full-blown infestation. It is usually addressed with a combination of baits, traps, and chemicals. Rather let the professionals handle it to be on the safe side.
6. Window or Door Installation
Installing windows and doors is a job that, while it might seem straightforward, is actually quite complex. There are many factors to consider, such as the type of window or door, the material, the size, and the installation. It’s best to leave this job to the professionals.
7. Roofing Repairs
Roofing repairs are one of those jobs that are best left to the professionals. The roof is a very important part of the house, and it needs to be repaired properly to avoid any further damage. Roofing repairs can be very dangerous, and they require special training and expertise.
There are some things around the house that are best left to professionals to fix. This is not to say that you can’t do it yourself, but rather that it’s often smarter and safer to let someone with experience and expertise handle the job.
If you’re considering doing a new construction job around the home all on your own, check out my article about comparing hiring a professional for the job versus doing it yourself.