Maintaining Your Home: DIY or Call a Professional

Home ownership comes with a yearly to-do-list. While there are many things you can do on your own such as painting, resurfacing floor, putting up shelving and repairing broken or worn tiles, a lot of the other repairs and annual services require the assistance and services of licensed professionals. There are several reasons you would call in a professional. First, they are licensed and carry insurance. If something happens during or after the job is complete you can have the repairs made without any additional cost to you. Secondly, they have the skills and the proper tools to complete a project within an allocated time frame. And, third, you won’t get injured and risk losing time at your real job.

Pest Control

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s a place where you and every member of your immediate family reside and enjoy spending time together. When pests like ants, mice, and termites decide to become a member of the household they can wreak havoc and cause your home’s indoor environment to become unhealthy. While proactive use of bug sprays and other methods of keeping pests away are certainly recommended, they may not be enough in the event an infestation is already in progress. When insects or rodents have already set up shop in your home, it’s time to contact a pest control┬ácompany. They have the tools, skills, and experience to tackle a full-blown infestation.

Installing shelving and cabinets

Putting up shelving in any room creates additional storage space. This is a fantastic project that mostly any homeowner can do with the proper tools and a little knowledge. However, when you move onto a multi-step project that requires a level surface to add additional sections, hiring a contractor will ensure that the project is completed in a timely fashion. If anything is out of whack, you can have them return and re-do it without an additional out-of-pocket expense to you.

Roof Repairs

Protecting your home’s interior begins with insulating it from the outside inward. Having the roof checked annually can prevent a minor leak of a little moisture from developing into a major leak that requires a cleanup service and a contractor. It’s important to perform an annual inspection to make sure that the shingles are intact and that there are no weak spots or moisture present. Unfortunately, the only way to make sure it’s in good condition is to do a full inspection of the roof. This requires a ladder and steady feet and definitely a non-fear of heights. If you don’t want to risk a possible fall this is one project that where you should call in a professional.

Plumbing

A professional plumber goes to school and has many hours of assisted on-the-job training before they are able to work on their own. Repairing a leaky faucet or a toilet that runs all the time is definitely something most homeowners can handle on their own. However, repairing water pipes that lead from the basement to your bathroom or laundry room is probably not something a novice DIY should attempt to fix. First, you have to cut away the damaged section of the pipe and then you need to fit an exact piece in and then using a blowtorch melt the material and fill the gaps for a truly, sealed pipe. It takes expertise and the proper tools to get it done right.

There are many things that a homeowner can do to maintain their home and avoid costly service calls including power washing the home and driveway, repairing a hole in drywall and putting in a ceiling fan. However, when it comes to your HVAC unit, plumbing, repairing the roof, and freeing your home of potentially harmful pests, trained professionals are the better choice.

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