There are many home improvements that homeowners can perform with little more than a drill, a hammer and a utility knife. These improvements are generally cosmetic and carry a very low risk to you or your home when you perform them.
With that being said, there are some home renovations that are best left to the professionals. In the hands of an unskilled person, the following renovations could be dangerous to your immediate health or the long-term health of your home.
Busting Down Walls
While tearing down a wall may seem relatively easy, the truth is that walls can pose hidden dangers. There could be mold, lead, dust and pests that could all be hazardous to your health.
Even in a home free from these dangers, weight-bearing beams and electrical conduits could also present dangers. It’s best to let a professional handle removing walls.
Redoing the Basement
If your home has a basement, you may think that it’s a good idea to renovate it. The problem is that basements aren’t like the rest of the rooms in your home, – they have special needs that must be tended to before they can be renovated.
Cracks must be sealed, drafts must be stopped, windows should be caulked, and anything that could present a mold, water or foundation issue should be repaired. This is where the knowledge of a professional is handy.
Electricity is something that shouldn’t be underestimated. There are plenty of little dangers that could pose a threat.
For example, “handyman wiring” is the term applied to wiring installed by someone who isn’t a professional and doesn’t install it in a way that meets local code. It can present a fire danger as well as create hidden electrical issues.
When it comes to electricity, you should either know what you’re doing or have a professional do it for you.
Bathrooms are exposed to moisture on a regular basis. That’s why they need special attention to ensure that proper ventilation occurs and that moisture doesn’t get trapped in dangerous ways.
Professionals can do just that, which means that your bathroom renovations will last longer and be safer than if you did them on your own.
Granite, Marble or Tile Work
While tile work is relatively simple and cheap to fix when you make a mistake, it can be tedious to do so. Granite and marble mistakes aren’t so cheap to correct.
Let a professional handle the process of taking measurements and installing these things. You’ll save headaches and dollars when you do.
The last major renovation that you want to leave to the professionals involves your home’s windows. They keep drafts out and make your home more energy efficient, but they’re also prone to problems when installed improperly.
For example, double-pane windows can collect condensation on the inside space when they aren’t sealed properly. This can lead to cosmetic issues, additional moisture in your home and issues with drafts.
Thinking of Renovating?
If you want to perform any of the above renovations, then it would be best to stop and acquire the help of a professional. You can find an expert in Calgary renovations by calling 403.275.2588 today.