As a homeowner, you’ll find there are many projects you can do yourself. You won’t always need to hire a professional for maintenance and upkeep. However, there are times when doing things on your own can go wrong. Know the difference between tasks you can handle and those that require you to hire a pro. Here are some projects that are best left to the professionals.

Hire a Pro for Serious Plumbing Issues‏

Most homeowners can unclog a sink or tighten a leaky faucet. These are small problems you can probably handle easily. However, for severe plumbing issues or tasks involving main pipes, it’s best to hire a pro to do the work for you.

Unless you have solid experience, you should never attempt tasks like installing a shower or toilet or redoing the plumbing on your own. Shoddy workmanship could lead to leaks that result in hazardous mold, rotting wood, and structural damage. Dealing with the consequences of a failed plumbing job will be a lot more expensive than hiring a pro. ‏

Roofing Repairs are Best Left to the Professionals‏

‏The roof is one of the most important components of your home that protects the structure, your family, and your belongings from the elements. If the roof is deteriorating, not only will your home be less safe, but the property value will decrease as well. ‏

Neglecting roof issues can lead to more serious problems if the roof fails. And unfortunately, a roof replacement is quite expensive. If you don’t have the necessary skills, safety equipment, and knowledge to repair a roof, don’t attempt to fix roof problems yourself. You may end up with injuries and a badly repaired roof. When dealing with roof problems, it’s best to hire a pro.

Hire a Pro for ‏Electrical Projects

‏Attempting to deal with electrical problems on your own is dangerous and might lead to disastrous results. Apart from being electrocuted, one of the worst outcomes of a failed DIY electrical job is a house fire. Don’t risk injury or your home to save a little money. Always hire a professional when it comes to updating or making repairs to the electrical system and the wired fixtures in your home. ‏

‏DIY home improvements are fun and rewarding. However, it’s important to realize when a project is more than you can handle. For jobs that are too complex to DIY, ask friends and family members for recommendations and hire a trained professional.

District Home Inspection provides inspection services in the Washington D.C. area. If you’re buying a home, contact us to schedule an appointment.