We all have a friend or loved one who has overestimated their home repair skills and (hopefully) lived to tell the tale. Chad fell off a ladder. Stacey electrocuted herself. Tim got halfway through a project and realized he couldn’t finish it. Boy, that cost a lot.
Being a DIY master is awesome, and you should strive toward it. However, there are some home repair projects that are better left to the pros. You’ll save yourself time, money, stress, and even personal injury by calling in a professional when one of these issues rears its ugly head.
Many older homes have products in them made with asbestos, which is a dangerous substance known to cause cancer and other respiratory distress. It’s understandable that you’d want to get this stuff out of your house ASAP. But the tricky thing about asbestos is that it’s only really a problem when it’s disturbed and its particles sent airborne. Removing it is tough and best left to the pros. Not only because it’s a delicate procedure but because it may be illegal for you to do yourself. Unless you have an entire home’s worth of insulation to remove (which can cost over $10,000), asbestos removal should cost between $1,500 and $3,000.
Getting Rid of Termites
Sure, it’s gross to have bugs in your home, but for things like ants and spiders, you can usually use commercially available pesticides and traps to deal with the problem (unless there’s an Arachnophobia situation going on). Termites, however, are a different story. Left unchecked, termites can do thousands in structural damage to your home, making it unlivable, unsellable, or both. Hiring a quality termite control expert to deal with an infestation is critical. This will probably run you around $150 – $300, but definitely no more than $500.
Ninety Percent of Electrical Work
There are a handful of small home projects that technically involve electrical work that can be safely DIY-ed (changing a light fixture or wall switch). However, the vast majority of electrical repairs require the skills of a professional electrician. The reasons why you shouldn’t DIY electrical work form a long list, but beyond the immediate shock risk, perhaps the most dangerous risk is a long-term fire hazard due to improper wiring. A good electrician will charge you between $50 and $100 an hour, which is money well spent for peace of mind.
Fixing a Rattling or Sticking Window
This is one of those repairs that is deceptively difficult. As Real Simple explains, “fixing a stuck window often involves removing the window and could require using a belt sander or planer.” Unless this sounds like something you have done before, it’s best to let the professionals handle it. You can bring in a local handyman to fix the problem. In Plano, you’re generally going to pay $156 – $551, depending on how long it takes to complete the job.
Any Roof or Gutter Repair That Goes Beyond Simple Cleaning
If cleaning involves more than a two-story ladder extension, then go ahead and add it to the no-DIY list. Everything else that could be happening on your roof — from flashing repairs to fixing shingles — is a job for the pros. A bad roof and gutter situation can lead to structural damage, flooding, mold, and mildew in your home. That means getting it done right is worth any price you’ll pay. The average cost of roof repair jobs is around $650.
There’s no shame in admitting you can’t do everything around the house. In fact, there’s great wisdom in it. Remember: There’s no amount of money you can save that is more important than staying safe and having a job done correctly and in a timely fashion.
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