We all like to have a go at do it yourself jobs as the amount you can save can be quite substantial if you do the labour yourself. However, to get the most out of your do it yourself jobs, it is best to pick and choose when to have a go yourself and when to leave it to the professionals. Let’s have a look at some jobs to try and some not to try below.
5 Do It Yourself Jobs to Try Yourself
Lighting falls under the umbrella of an electrician, so if you have no understanding of wiring, then avoid this at all costs. However, if you do have some understanding, lighting is a nice way to improve the look of your home and can be simple to do if you have a working knowledge of wiring. Most lighting products will come with instructions on how to fit them. So, in most cases, it is just a matter of removing the old fitting and replacing it with a new one. As fitting lights can be time consuming, you may find that you can save a lot of money if you can do it yourself. Remember to always call in an electrician, however, if you aren’t sure of your ability or for more complicated lighting projects.
Painting is again another area that you could undertake yourself, although you will have to make time to make sure the job is completed to a good standard. Most of the work related to painting is in the preparation. The things to look out for are:
- make sure you buy the right paint for the job you are doing.
- make sure you give each coat of paint time to dry before you apply another coat.
Growing your own garden can be rewarding and if you are doing a simple redesign and replanting job, this should be an area that you should be able to undertake yourself. Gardening starts to become trickier when you plan to landscape, as in some cases heavy machinery may be needed for the task. As with any do it yourself job it is worth deciding if the job will be too big for you to complete. Some landscaping and gardening jobs can end in this manner.
Plumbing is one of those areas whereby you either love it or hate it. If you are considering bathroom renovations then you need to decide on what parts you are comfortable with. Pulling out an old bathroom suite is not really that hard and even fitting a new one is not rocket science. However, if your plan is to start moving the position of your bathroom suite, then this is where you may want to get the professionals in as they will have the experience and tools for this task.
Flooring can be undertaken by an amateur, if you are confident in what you are doing. There are many different types of flooring, so it is worth doing the research to see what suits your needs. Take for example bamboo hardwood flooring: this will be harder to work with than simply laying a standard carpet. Making sure you have the correct tools for the job as this will help to keep the job simple. You also have to remember when changing the flooring, you will need to clear the room first. This means you may need some help moving heavier items such as sofas and furniture etc.
5 Do It Yourself Jobs NOT to Try Yourself
Asbestos removal is an area where you definitely need to get the professionals in. Even if you are fully aware of the latest asbestos regulations, it is far better to get an experienced asbestos removal firm in. Asbestos is a dangerous material to work with. When asbestos was first used it was regarded as good material to work with. It was only years later when the health risks of asbestos were discovered and that the removal of asbestos became urgent.
- Gas Fitting
Gas fitting, unless you’re are a qualified gas fitter, is something that should be left to the professionals. The risk of explosion and near certain injury makes this an area to avoid yourself. Most countries around the world have some form of regulatory body that governs the fitment of gas.
- Roof Work
Roof working can be dangerous to do as a do it yourself job as you need to work at height and often with heavy materials. Not only does this type of job offer a great number of perils, you will often require scaffolding, which can be expensive to rent if you don’t have your own. Many roofing companies already factor in the cost of scaffolding when quoting for a job, so look at this option first.
- Tank Cleaning
Cleaning a septic tank or another type of tank can be dangerous if you are not experienced at the task. Not only is there a risk of working at height, you also may be exposed to chemicals that are harmful. Therefore, it is worth seeking professional help for this particular job, as any chemical spillage may not just affect you, it could affect others around you.
- Tree Cutting/Felling
This comes as part of gardening and landscaping. Cutting large trees should really be left to the professionals as there is not only a risk to you from the cutting devices used, you must be aware that once the tree has been cut it will fall on a given path. The risk to your own building and others around it is also very high, so this type of job really should not really be taken on as a do it yourself task.
As you can see there are many pros and cons to doing certain jobs yourself. The main thing you have to do with any of the jobs above is to work out your skill set and decide if you have the skills and equipment to undertake the job safely with good results before starting. If not then leave it to the professionals and relax!