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Should You Do Your Own Home Repairs?

Posted in Home Ownership
August 17th 2016 by
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Have some work that needs to be done around the house?  Are you looking to save a few bucks and do it yourself?  Even if you are the DIY type, here are a few things to take into consideration before you jump in.

What’s Your Knowledge Level?

“I’m just going to wing it.”

“I think I know how to do this.”

“I’m sure I’ll figure it out.”

If this sounds like you, it is probably best to leave the project to the experts.  For instance, if you need a roof repair, you may not know the indicators of a loose shingle, which will cause more damage.

Some possible DIY projects that can be easily completed by most people are:

  • Putting in tile
  • Painting
  • Installing certain flooring (laminates are click-and-lock)
  • Weatherstripping.

If you decide to do it on your own, be sure you have mentally prepared yourself for taking on the project, have a tolerance for mess, feel confident in your ability to finish what you start, and have access to the right tools.

When To Call the Experts

There are some renovations that you should always call in the experts for, such as plumbing, electrical work, HVAC systems or structural changes.

If you decide to call in the professionals to tackle your project for you, search for trusted names and reviews of the companies websites.  Even if you are choosing a company based on a recommendation from a friend or family member, it is still best to check them out before they do any work on your house.  You should:

  • Confirm licensing and credentials on your state’s licensing board website
  • Search for complaints made against the company and their response
  • Check adequate liability insurance
  • Find out if subcontractors are used
  • Request and reach out to references who have had the same projects done
  • For exterior work, do a quick drive by of the project to see the finished product

If you are having some issues finding references, check with your local builders association and the Better Business Bureau to help you find respected professionals.  Also, it is always good to get a few opinions and estimates to see what the project really entails.


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