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Is DIY Your Best Choice?

Is DIY Your Best Choice?

Before you start a home improvement project, consider long-term effects and costs. Hiring a professional can be a better plan if the project takes a long time or requires special skills or permits.

Electrical projects can be dangerous. As soon as you run into any issues, like outdated wiring, it’s time to call the professional.

A basic plumbing project, like changing a faucet, is doable. However, when it comes to pipes or installing a shower, things can get complicated.

Not all painting is created equal. Patching and painting walls can be done by homeowners; but complex projects, like kitchen cabinets, may require special products.

Removing a wall can have a disastrous effect, especially if it’s a load-bearing wall. A professional knows what walls can go and how to remove them correctly.

What seems like a simple roof leak can actually be more. Water travels, so the problem may not be where it is leaking, and it can cause worse problems down the road.

Keeping water out of your basement isn’t always as simple as applying waterproof coating. When you need to do more, it’s time to contact a professional.


  • Regulations vary by community, so see if you need special permits before you start a project.
  • Online videos may seem to be good resources; but they aren’t always from an expert, and sometimes they are outdated.