Kim Daneault
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Metropolitan | 603-345-7783 | [email protected]


Posted by Kim Daneault on 4/7/2019

Home renovations are becoming expensive, which is why many homeowners try to give it a shot themselves. While some repairs can be quite easy to do like swapping wood knobs with stainless ones, some require the service of a professional. Trying to do them yourself can put your home and life in danger. Even if you are a DIY enthusiast, some renovations are best left in the hands of professionals. Here are some home renovations that you should probably not attempt yourself:

Electrical repairs

Apart from replacing bulbs or changing a socket cover, anything more complicated is too dangerous and requires the services of a professional electrician. Electrical repairs like the wiring of a room is a no-go area because if you do not do it correctly, you can cause an electrical fire or even suffer an electrical shock. Hiring a professional electrician can be quite expensive, but when you consider what is at stake, it is the better option. 

Most plumbing repairs

Although many YouTube videos show you how to carry out necessary plumbing repairs at home, it is important to note that when done wrong, it is hazardous and will incur higher expenses to fix. As a homeowner, if you don't have the essential tools, you are likely to put the wrong pipe in the wrong place. Plumbing requires the services of professional but if you want to try DIY videos, be sure it is something elementary and do not hesitate to call a professional plumber at the first sign of issues. 

Roof repair 

"How hard can roof repair be?" is the first question many homeowners may ask when contemplating repairing a roof shingle themselves or calling for the services of a professional. As easy as it may seem, roof repair is unsafe and can result in injury or death when you fall off the roof in the process of any restoration. Apart from the dangers involved, you can end up with a leaky roof that is expensive to fix. Your roof is off-limits, except if you are clearing off debris with a broom. 

Gas appliance repairs

A regular home may have different kinds of appliances that run on gas. Your oven, clothes dryer, and water heater are just a few. When these appliances become faulty, it is advisable you call for the services of an expert rather than opening it up and trying to fix it yourself. It is simply too dangerous and could lead to gas poisoning or serious gas explosions.

DIYs frequently lead to more damages and more expensive repairs by a professional. Do the right thing and call an expert whenever you notice anything wrong in your home.




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Posted by Kim Daneault on 1/14/2018

Doing a home improvement or renovation is a great way to add value to your home while learning something new. If you decide to DIY, you can enlist the help of your family and learn together.

But, when you’re taking on a task you’ve never done before, there’s a lot that can go wrong. You might go over budget, or the project might take significantly longer than expected. Sometimes we start jobs that we don’t have the expertise (or permits) to finish and have to call in a professional sinking more time and money into what was supposed to be an inexpensive renovation.

To help you avoid some of these common pitfalls, we’ve provided these tips for running a successful home improvement project so you can focus on your renovation and not on the headaches that come with it.

1. Know when to call the experts

Undertaking a do-it-yourself project can be fun and rewarding. However, some tasks are better left to the professionals. Plumbing and electrical mistakes, in particular, can be dangerous and costly if you get it wrong. You don’t want to disregard the safety of you, your family, and your belongings just to save money on hiring a professional.

2. Call the best expert for the job

Call multiple professionals for a quote before accepting an offer.

If you received what seems a very low quote for a job, make sure to call other experts in the industry to see how much they would charge for the job. Getting an unusually low offer could be a sign that the contractor will rush the project or use cheap materials.

Alternatively, if you receive a quote that seems too high, the contractor may have a busy schedule or might not really want the job, so they’ve offered you a price they don’t expect you to take.

Regardless of who you choose, see if you can find reviews and testimonials to make sure you’ve selected a contractor who is professional and has good customer feedback.

3. Aim high with your budget

When homeowners take on a renovation, they tend to underestimate the costs. To avoid being shocked by going over budget, estimate what you think the total costs would be and then at another twenty percent. That twenty percent could account for damaged building materials, mistakes, or last-minute changes and customizations--all are frequent on DIY projects.

4. Don’t work without a design or blueprint

Even for simple home improvement projects, it’s best to start out with a plan. Having detailed measurements and drawings to refer to will help you avoid costly mistakes. We’ve all felt the temptation to “eyeball it” when working on a project--taking the extra few minutes to measure and refer to your plan will save you time in the long run.

5. Relax and focus on the results

Home improvement projects can be a source of frustration for many families. If you aren’t an expert, it’s easy to get angry when things aren’t going as you planned. If you find yourself frequently hitting a wall-literally or figuratively--step back from the project and refocus on the end goal, improving your home for years to come.




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