To DIY or Not to DIY… That is the Question: Home Projects for the Pros

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For those new to the lingo, DIY stands for “do it yourself.”

The term DIY is nothing new, in fact, people have been DIY’ing since the beginning of time, honestly. DIY was done back then because it was a way of life.

If you wanted something done, you had to do it yourself… there wasn’t always “a guy” you could call to handle certain things you didn’t know how to do.

The world of DIY is now exploding by the use of the internet.

People can now use apps like Youtube, blogs, and social media platforms to learn how to do certain projects like the pros, especially in the world of home renovations.

Business Wire highlights a study by Technavio which says that the world of home DIY is set to reach higher grounds with expectations to financially increase upwards of $13.9 billion by the year 2021!

Those financial statistics are astronomical but in the wonderful world of home DIY, there also comes the factors of risk.

There are some home projects that you think you can take on just by watching a Youtube tutorial but the risk factors are much higher than the success of you completing the project. Some projects aren’t worth the time, money, or effort of doing yourself.

Here are some home renovation projects that you should just simply leave it up to the pros.

Leave the Plumbing to the Pros

Plumbing is usually something a lot of us take for granted or at least not pay too much attention to until something goes wrong with it.

Maybe your sink or bathtub slowly drains the water out. Maybe you have to flush your toilet multiple times to get everything down.

Most of us would consider those as minor problems that can be fixed with a plunger or Liquid Plumber… well, a plunger and a Liquid Plumber aren’t always the solution to plumbing issues.

Plumbers have the proper tools and equipment necessary for plumbing issues, plus they’re trained to handle plumbing issues that the average homeowner or renter can resolve on their own.

Leaving jobs like plumbing to the professionals will allow your plumbing issue to be fixed without needing someone to come back out a week later to fix the same issue.

You especially want to hire a professional when it comes to installing a new plumbing system, toilet, or sink.

The High Dangers of Roofing are Not for DIY Beginners

When it comes to home renovations involving roofing installation or repairs, it’s best to stick to the ever-popular disclaimers that say “don’t try this at home.”

Doing roof work on your own screams INJURY. There are so many risks and safety hazards that come with roofing. You don’t want to experience any of them.

Here are some of the major risks involved with roofing:

  • Unstable roof
  • Weather conditions
  • Misjudging closeness of the edge
  • Possible holes in the roof
  • Ladder misplacement

These are huge risk factors and safety hazards, which are also reasons why you need to hire a company that will meet your roofing needs and expectations.

You want to make sure your roofing needs are in expert hands and they’ll be able to get the project done in a timely fashion.

Pest Infestations are Definitely for Professionals

It’s one thing to have a bug or two pop up every now and then in your home, but when your home is infested with them, it’s a totally different level of frustration.

From roaches, squirrels, spiders, and termites, these infestations can be so severe in homes that those simple cans of Raid just won’t do.

Hiring pest professionals is the best and only solution.

Pest professionals will be able to get in your home, get to the root of the problem by finding out where the infestation started, and eliminate those issues for good.

You don’t want to be known as the friend that has roaches or mice in their home… that’s the quickest way to make people not want to come to visit you.

Mold, Lead, and Asbestos Removal is Projects That a DIY’er Not Even Think About

When you see professionals servicing those types of issues, they are always wearing hazmat suits and masks.

Why? Because the materials they’re working around is hazardous to their health. To remove mold, people think wiping the home down with bleach is the way to get rid of it but there’s so much more to it than that.

The same can be said for asbestos and lead.

All three of these substances are toxic to your health and should be handled strictly by professionals who have been licensed and trained on how to deal with issues like this.

A professional will ensure that all three will be completely removed properly and, of course, safely.


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Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market.

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