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Home Maintenance Projects You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

Home Maintenance Projects You Shouldn’t Do Yourself

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Spring is here and you may have a lot of home maintenance that needs to be taken care of. You’re probably looking around your house making a mental list of everything that needs to be accomplished. Some home maintenance projects, such as mowing your lawn, fertilizing your garden, cleaning your windows or replacing your air conditioner filter, can be done on your own. But there are some projects better left to the professionals.

Electrical repairs

Electrical repairs

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If knowing that turning off your lights saves you money is the extent of your electrical knowledge, it might be best to leave even basic electrical work to the professionals. Electrical work can be dangerous and if you do it incorrectly, you run the risk of starting a fire. To protect yourself, it’s best you hire a pro.

Gas repairs

Gas repairs

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Similar to electrical repairs, gas repairs can be very dangerous if the fixes are attempted by novices. When it comes to gas issues with your furnace, oven, water heater or dryer, these repairs should be done only by experts. Even if you take the proper precautions, including turning off the gas, you could be doing it wrong, leading to mistakes. It is possible for a leak to develop if the appliance is not reinstalled perfectly.

Tree removal

Tree removal

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If you want landscaping as stunning as the most enchanting forests around the world, get a professional to cut your trees. When it comes to tree removal, it is possible to remove a small tree in your yard with the right tools. But if you have a large tree on your property that needs removed, it is best to call someone who can handle it. Professionals have the equipment and expertise to cut down a tree safely without causing any other damage to your property.

Window installation

Window installation

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Some window maintenance you can do yourself, such as simply cleaning the inside and outside of the window. But if you need new windows installed, it is best to get someone who is qualified to do it for you. Window installation may sound easy, but you want someone who is experienced to make sure windows are sealed properly and no warm or cold air leaves your home. Once you have your windows installed, make sure to wipe them down when deep-cleaning your home.

Exterior painting

Exterior painting

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Exterior painting can be dangerous depending on how large your house is. It is not recommended that those who are not skilled at a task attempt it on a ladder 6 feet or higher. If there is a part of your home that is too high for you to paint, it’s a good idea to hire someone to do it for you.

Repaving surfaces

Repaving surfaces

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Thawing and freezing can damage concrete, asphalt and other materials. Repaving those surfaces can be a difficult project to do on your own because it is not easy to make the surface level and if you don’t, it will end up cracking again.

Cleaning gutters

Cleaning gutters

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Whether or not it’s smart to clean your own gutters depends on how clogged and how high up the gutters are. If they are too high on a ladder and you are not experienced, then it might be best to hire a professional to ensure you do not get injured.

HVAC unit installations

HVAC unit installations

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Whether you are moving into a new home or have been in the same home for a while, it’s important to regularly check to make sure the HVAC unit outside your house is still working. If it is not, it should be fixed or a new one installed by a qualified professional.

Roof repairs

Roof repairs

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Professional roofers have the training, experience and tools to handle major roof repairs. There are many opportunities for you to get injured if you try to repair your roof on your own.

Exterior deck replacements

Exterior deck replacements

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It can be exciting to redesign the exterior deck on your home into a relaxing getaway. But large repairs and replacements should be left to professionals.

Pest infestations

Pest infestations

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Do you have rats in your home? Are there termites eating away at your house? There are short-term solutions that you can do on your own. But, for long-term answers, it might be best to bring someone in to get to the root of the issue and end the infestation permanently.

Plumbing fixes

Plumbing fixes

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Minor plumbing issues can be resolved on your own such as if you have a clogged sink or you need to clean out your garbage disposal. But major plumbing issues, like replacing water pipes or dealing with your water main, should not be done on your own.

Mold or lead removal

Mold or lead removal

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If over time your basement starts to develop mold or you have an older home that has lead in it, it is often best to hire a professional to remove the mold or lead. If left unattended, both can be harmful to your health. Save money on cleaning supplies and hire a professional that will ensure that both are removed safely and completely.

Major remodels

Major remodels

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Before starting in on a major remodel to your home, it’s important to ask yourself some questions. Do you have the time? Do you have the tools? Do you have the ability? Many people may consider tackling these projects themselves in order to save money or have it done the exact way they want. But you never want to find yourself in the middle of a project unsure of what to do next. This is especially true if you run into a problem. These are the situations in which you might want to consider hiring a pro.

Foundation work

Foundation work

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A home’s stability relies on a proper foundation. If you live on a foundation that is crumbling, cracked or in need of other repairs, it is best that you do not leave it up to yourself. Hiring someone who is qualified to handle foundational work is the best option so your home has no structural issues. If you plan on moving or selling your home in the future, here are the average home prices in every state.

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