4 DIY Home Projects That Should be Left to the Professionals
Do it yourself projects are a great way to get your hands dirty and fix up your home. However, one thing is certain: some people are gifted with handy hands, while others can simply make a complete mess of things. When it comes to large scale renovations or even those that require precision, completing the project on your own may not be the best choice.
Below, Lions Den Construction explains a few instances when you should call in professionals for assistance.
Why Should You Skip on Do-it-Yourself Projects
May homeowners either take shortcuts or simply do not understand how to complete a project correctly. This can result in mistakes, damage to the structure, or even coding violations. There have been homes sold where the owner laid tile flooring directly on top of existing hardwood. There have also been instances where an inexperienced person tried to lay down plumbing, only to have the outflow pipe leading to the cellar instead of away from the foundation! The long-term damage that you can’t see is one of the largest reasons to leave renovations up to those who are trained to complete them.
Wiring is an important part of your home. If it is not done properly, you can end up short-circuiting your home or even burning down the house. A professional electrician will know how much power each circuit can handle and what type of wiring to put in each area. Some outlets need to have special wiring, such as those connected to the stove. Working with a professional will ensure that everything is done safely and completed up to code.
Counter Top Installation
This is one project some property owners try to take on themselves, but it is much more difficult than most can imagine. If you plan on installing stone counters, weight alone is just the start of your problems. There are precise cutting and sealing that needs to be done if you want your home to look its best and last for a lifetime. If you as the homeowner accidentally break something, you have to replace it out of your own pocket. When you hire a professional, there is little chance of an accident occurring, but it if does, you are covered.
All walls are not made equally in a home. Some are load-bearing while others are simply cosmetic. Understanding which walls are tasted with keeping your structure intact is critical. The last thing you want to do is tear down a wall only to cause the whole ceiling to fall down on your head. Working with a professional will ensure that nothing vital is removed and any structural changes made are actually safe and up to code.
Flooring your home may seem like a simple DIY job, but it often requires much more patience and precision that other aspects of your renovation. Along with proper measurements, the base will need to be laid and set before the actual floor is installed. Of course, the seams will need to be properly joined, and the finishing completed around your baseboards. Depending on what type of flooring you are having installed, there may even be more steps involved. Working with a professional installer will ensure that your floors are evenly laid, sealed, and made to last.
How We Can Help
So many things can go wrong with do-it-yourself projects. While we always encourage homeowners to get involved with the process, there are just some things that should be left up to the professionals here at Lions Den Construction. Our Toronto construction company offers a wide range of renovation services at an affordable price. Give us a call at (416) 893-8318 for your consultation.