Owning a home comes with many responsibilities, and one of the main ones is keeping it in good working order. Some homeowners like to take on repair and improvement jobs themselves, and others like to outsource those tasks and hire professionals.
Both options are valid. For some, saving money is a priority, and if you’re particularly handy, why not tackle some jobs yourself? Others may not feel confident in their home improvement skills and prefer hiring someone who will do the job better.
But there are some jobs that are more involved, risky or complicated and better left to trained and licenced experts. Here, we take you through some of the jobs that are best left in the hands of professionals.
When a repair or maintenance job involves climbing up a ladder and walking around on a roof, you should leave it to people who know what they’re doing. Even maintenance tasks like removing branches, debris and leaves can be tricky and pose a risk when up on a roof. Hiring Toronto roofing experts to do annual or semi-annual maintenance is a good idea, as is leaving bigger jobs like repairing or replacing shingles to them.
There are many electrical jobs that should be left to the professionals, and depending on where you live, there are some jobs that legally have to be handled by professionals. While some places do allow homeowners to do their own electrical work depending on what it’s for, it’s often not recommended. In addition to the skill required for electrical work, it also requires knowledge of safety code regulations.
Safety code violations often pop up in electrical work when someone other than a licensed electrical contractor does the work. While doing the work yourself might save some money, it can cost a lot in the long run and potentially put your home and the safety of everyone in it at risk.
When it comes to plumbing jobs, there are some that are simple enough for people with novice to medium skills and other jobs that only trained plumbers should be dealing with. Simple maintenance jobs like replacing a faucet, toilet handle or flapper don’t generally require special skills or tools. However, a leak near the base or from the pipes or any job that requires moving or installing new plumbing likely requires the experience and skills of a trained plumber.
While there are many minor repairs that homeowners can tackle themselves, sometimes they can underestimate the amount of work or how complicated a new project will be. When in doubt or when dealing with roofing, electrical or plumbing work, it’s often best to leave things to experienced professionals. Not only can this save you a lot of time, energy and hassle, but it can also end up saving you money, knowing the job will be done correctly from the start.