Some people enjoy DIY. Others can’t think of a worse way to spend their time. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, there are some home DIY jobs that just shouldn’t be tackled by amateurs. No matter how clued up you are when it comes to power tools or plumbing mechanisms, sometimes, it’s best to let the pros work their magic. If you’re thinking of tackling some home DIY jobs, ask yourself if you really can do it yourself. If you can’t, there’s absolutely no shame in asking for help. Here are some instances when it’s best to let the experts take over.

Major plumbing issues

You may be able to unblock a toilet or tend to a leaking kitchen tap, but if you’ve got water spurting out of a pipe for no apparent reason, grab your phone, and make a call to a plumber as soon as possible. If you try and fix plumbing issues yourself, there’s every chance that you’re going to make the situation worse, and end up with a hefty bill for your efforts.

Fitting new lights

It’s very simple to change a lightbulb, but fitting a new light is a completely different kettle of fish. If you’re planning a revamp, and you want to replace old lamps and fittings with brand new ones, it’s a good idea to get in touch with an electrician or a handyman with experience in replacing light fixtures. They can do the job safely, and make sure your new light fitting looks fabulous. The same rules apply for ceiling fans and replacing old power points and sockets.

Roofing problems

If there’s a steady drip coming from the ceiling, this may mean that there are problems with the roof. Rather than getting the ladders out and clambering up there to have a look, call a roofing firm. Even if you are capable of fixing the problem, it’s probably not safe for you to attempt to do so. Roofers use specialist safety equipment, and they have experience, which reduces their risk of injury. If you fall from a roof, there’s a very high risk of life-threatening injuries.

Structural changes

If you plan on making any structural changes to your home, no matter how big or how small, always seek professional help. Creating an open plan kitchen, for example, is not as easy as wielding a sledgehammer and knocking down some walls. You need to factor in supports and make sure any modifications won’t harm the rest of the home. If you’re thinking about changing the layout, consult some building firms and get some quotes.


Many people enjoy doing DIY. If you can tackle a job yourself, you’ll save money, and you also get a sense of achievement and accomplishment. There are lots of basic tasks that you can do safely, but there are also many that shouldn’t even be attempted. If you’re in any doubt at all, always seek professional advice. The last thing you want is to end up with a botched job and an injury.

 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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