Many homeowners enjoy tackling DIY projects. Doing things on your own can save money and instill a sense of pride in property owners. But the truth is that some jobs are downright dangerous for non-professionals to handle, so these home repairs are best left to the pros.
Let Experts Handle Furnace Repairs and Replacement
If your old furnace begins acting up, you might be able to make simple repairs. But it’s equally as likely that you need a brand-new furnace. The average cost for installing a furnace can range between $1,000 and $6,000 and largely depends on the type you choose. A gas furnace will cost between $2,000 and $10,000, while an electric option averages between $1,000 and $6,000. At the same time, labor costs can contribute another $500 to $2,000 to the bottom line.
That said, it’s not worth saving a few dollars when the potential risks are so high. Gas-powered furnaces, for example, can expel carbon monoxide, an odorless and toxic gas that can seriously harm your family. Instead of taking chances, have a professional handle the work.
Afterward, your county will require an inspection to confirm the installation was done properly—and safely. City codes and practices vary, but most municipalities require permits and inspections on HVAC units and many other home renovation projects.
These are different from buyer/seller inspections, however. The good news is that most service providers will handle the permits and inspections for you—another reason to hire a professional.
Don’t DIY Major Roof Repairs
Most homeowners would rather not climb a ladder and attempt DIY patch jobs. But many homeowners do—and often with decent results. That said, this is another scenario that can turn both dangerous and illegal.
First, climbing a ladder and walking around on your roof is a hazard waiting to happen. In fact, over 300 people die each year from falling off ladders—and over 164,000 head to the emergency room. That’s enough reason to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.
Second, roof repairs are another project that often requires city permits. If your patch job is more than 100 square feet, it’s wise to pursue a permit beforehand. But an expert roofing company can handle these details for you, as well as provide trained (and insured) workers to manage the project.
That said, roof replacement doesn’t come cheap. You can expect to pay an average of $20,670 for a “midrange roof replacement.”
Seek Professional Advice for Plumbing Problems
Pipe cracks, leaks, and clogs can quickly turn catastrophic for homeowners. Flooding and backed-up sewage present significant health and safety concerns, but those aren’t the only reasons you should call an expert plumber.
If you ignore a leak or broken pipe, it could lead to leaks that could damage your home’s foundation. Not only that, but your water bill may skyrocket, costing you before you start buying supplies for plumbing repairs.
Most homeowners pay between $250 and $500 for “basic” plumbing work and repairs.
Experts Are the Only Ones Who Should Touch Electrical Systems
Electrical work is another no-no for homeowners. To safely work on electrical components, you need the right equipment and knowledge of how electricity works.
As The Spruce explains, many municipalities require that homeowners pass a test to receive permission to do specific electrical repairs at home. Of course, you need to learn both the national and local code requirements—and pay a fee for the test.
Deciding to do the work without proper licensure (or a professional handling the job) could result in fines of up to $5,000, notes Sapling. In contrast, the cost of hiring an expert ranges between $20 and $26 per hour.
Not only is it dangerous to try and DIY some household repairs, but it can also be more expensive than investing in a professional service. Sometimes, the best policy is to hire out a trustworthy expert to get the job done properly—and on a budget.
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You should also know that home inspectors look for repairs and remodeling that has clear signs of a DIY project and will note them in their report. While it doesn’t effect the home inspection cost, it can raise issues with potential buyers if the home inspector can spot the DIY project.