Whether you’re a newbie to the world of DIY home projects or have a number of completed jobs under your belt, there are tasks you should feel confident tackling as well as those that are best left to a professional.
Here are a few examples of the DIY home projects you can handle and some that should be handled and outsourced by an expert.
If there are rooms in your home that need new paint, you can get busy choosing new colors and springing for brushes, drop cloths and other accessories.
If you haven’t had a lot of experience painting, experts suggest starting with rooms/areas that don’t need to look perfect — this can include an outdoor shed, garage or laundry room.
Once you get the hang of it, you can easily learn to scrape old paint, clean the walls, prep them with tape and add some fresh colors to your rooms.
Nay: Electrical Work
Any job that would cause damage to your home and/or possibly injure you in the process should be left to a professional.
A classic example of this is electrical work. From installing new outlets in the living room to hanging a ceiling fan in the guest room, if it involves electricity in any way, it’s often best to hire a pro for the job.
While you might not like the idea of spending extra money to bring in a skilled tradesman, the peace of mind that the job will be done correctly — and with no one getting hurt in the process — will be priceless.
Yea: Home Security Cameras
If you’ve been thinking about installing home security cameras in and around your home, DIYers like yourself will be pleased to know this is a job that virtually anyone can tackle.
For instance, wire-free security cameras systems live up to their name and don’t have to be wired in or connected in any way with cords or cables. Order the cameras you want online. Once they arrive, you can decide where they go — you can even move them later to other spots if you desire.
Unless you’ve done a lot of this type of work before, this is one of those classic DIY tasks that seems like it might not be that difficult but can quickly go south. All it takes is mis-measuring the carpet and having to start over on the project, which can be a costly error.
Truthfully, for just about any type of flooring, unless you’ve worked on ample projects over the years, you should call a pro to carefully cut and install carpet, lay tile, put down laminate or perform other flooring jobs.
As a side note, while you once again might be reticent to spend money on this job, remember you likely don’t have the cutting tools and other equipment on hand to do this work properly. This means if you did tackle this job, you’d have to buy or rent the equipment, which can cause costs to skyrocket.
Enjoy Doing What You Can and Hire the Rest
There is absolutely no shame in hiring professionals for a variety of DIY projects. Most homes have enough tasks that need to be done, so you’ll stay quite busy tackling the jobs you can do easily, safely and well, while leaving other work for the experienced pros.