Do it yourself or DIY projects are very popular these days, especially in home ownership. Whether you have purchased a fixer-upper for a home and are getting ready to do the work to renovate it yourself or whether you are simply working on installing your own built-in bookshelves in the living room, there are any number of projects that can be undertaken. There are also a number of projects that can go seriously wrong if not done properly, so consider whether you have the skills necessary to do a project such as fixing the roofing of your home. Smaller projects, such as bookshelves, do not have the same sense of urgency to get them done right as something like roofing or plumbing does.
A few of the projects that could go very wrong, and potential ways to mitigate the damage, are included here.
1. Roofing. This is not something to play around with, generally speaking, so unless you are confident you know what you are doing and have done this type of repair before, you should steer clear of roofing repairs in general. A minor patch job would be the extent to which this author would do any of her own roofing repairs, and I consider myself pretty handy around the house. There is a wide variety of roofing companies out there to suit your needs, so consider hiring a roofing contractor if the job exceeds your skill level. If you are not a professional roofer, the job is almost always going to exceed your skill level.
2. Plumbing. This is another area that can go very wrong if done by an amateur. Pipes bursting or backing up can cause far worse damage than whatever the initial problem was with the plumbing, so leaving this job for the professionals is probably going to end up saving you money in the long run, even if it seems expensive in the short run. Emergency clean up jobs for backed up or flooded sewers are extremely expensive, running into the tends of thousands of dollars. If you are not a plumber, you should not attempt to fix plumbing problems in your own home.
3. Electrical. This is one with only slightly more leeway. Most engineers know how electricity works and are able to handle wires and circuits easily. Those who are not electricians or actual engineers are not in the same league, though, and run the risk of potentially hurting themselves or others. Shocking yourself while attempting to repair an electrical job or even setting off a spark that might catch on fire are very dangerous possibilities that do not seem worth the risk of not hiring a professional to take on this job.
Most homeowners want to be able to do the work on their homes themselves, and many of them can. There are a lot of DIY projects that do not involve roofing, plumbing, or electricity that anyone can attempt without putting their lives or bank accounts at risk. But these three should give any homeowner pause when considering trying to do this themselves. These are potentially dangerous and expensive projects that are best left to professionals.