When you own your home, there are a lot of things you are responsible for, and ensuring that your home is habitable and safe for each occupant is one such responsibility.
Neglecting repairs can lead to a multitude of problems and impact your quality of life.
However, with prices for everything on the rise, it can be a huge outlay to undertake repairs and call in the contractors for every little thing that needs doing.
This is where DIY comes in handy. Being able to take care of some home maintenance tasks yourself can save you a whole heap of money over the years, and you can create a bespoke home that is perfect for your needs at a fraction of the cost. But there are some types of jobs you probably should not undertake, and this is where you need to invest in paying a service provider to come in and take over for you.
So, how do you determine what you should and shouldn’t be doing yourself and what the best home tasks are to get the pros in for?
Your home’s heating and cooling systems are most definitely one of those tasks you should not be DYing. The system as a whole has many intricate parts that all need to work cohesively to operate and maintain function and effective heating and cooling. While cleaning the units exterior, changing filters, or cleaning ducts can and should be done by yourself on a regular basis, anything more complex than this should be a strict hands-off job and one of those repairs that are handled by someone with the qualifications, knowledge, and experience of identifying the problem and fixing it correctly.
Your roof has a lifespan of around 15 to 25 years, depending on the construction and materials and how often you care for it. A small issue with your roof can quickly turn into a massive problem if neglected, so while you should be doing periodic inspections and checking internally for damage, when it comes to climbing on the roof to carry out repairs, it’s advisable to call in expert roofers who have the tools, equipment, and training to undertake all roofing work from replacing a few slates to complete new roofing systems. An insurance company can cancel your policy if you neglect roof repairs or you try to claim for additional damage because you didn’t keep up with roof repairs, but your roof is covered under your policy, so check the terms carefully.
Sure, you can change an outlet, sockets, and lighting fixtures, but should your home need the electrics upgraded or replaced, it’s time to call in an electrician. Any issue with your electrics should be addressed ASAP, and while it can be costly to book an electrician to find the issue and rectify it, the result of doing nothing can be higher. Faulty electrics can not only cause damage to appliances, fixtures, and fittings but also cause a rise and are a threat to life. Choosing to fix any significant electrical faults yourself also increases these risks, especially if you have no prior knowledge of electronics or even electrical codes and systems that you must adhere to to be safe. So step back, call the electrician, and ensure the complete safety of your home and all its occupants.