We are living in a digital age, meaning that, nowadays, almost everything that there is to be done in the world can be explained in a simple Youtube video. A quick search can show you how to make makeup, build a house, groom a dog, and win a marathon. However, just because you’ve watched a video on how to do something, it doesn’t mean that you should attempt it yourself. In fact, there are lots of DIY projects that can cause you a lot of harm if you don’t know what you are doing. Here are a few that you probably shouldn’t attempt yourself.
Depending on your level of knowledge, anything involving electrics should really be carried out by a professional. Of course, there are some things that can be done fairly easily, like installing light fittings or changing a light switch, but anything more complex than this should be left to the pros. If you make a mistake, you could electrocute yourself or start an electrical fire, and neither are worth it when there are trained electrician ready and waiting.
Moving house is one of those things that people are never really sure if they should get help with. The way I see it, if you only have a few light boxes, then you are fine to do things alone, but if you have to carry anything large, heavy, or particularly valuable, it’s always best to call a removalist, just to be on the safe side. This stops you from injuring yourself or damaging your property and makes sure that you’re covered by insurance if anything gets damaged in the move.
Like with electrical repairs, there are some plumbing projects that you can do yourself, as long as you’re sure that you know how to, such as changing a showerhead. However, it’s always best to call a professional plumber if you’ve noticed a leak, rather than attempting to fix it yourself. The last thing that you want to do is make it worse, flood your entire home, and cost yourself hundreds more than it would have to call a plumber.
Just because you’ve seen a few home renovation shows where they knock walls down willy-nilly, it does not mean that you should mimic them. Behind the scenes, they will have done research and made sure that they weren’t whacking into any wires or breaking down a particularly important wall. It might look like a lot of fun, but it’s dangerous, and you could really hurt yourself, damaging your property in the process. It’s much more sensible to get someone round for an inspection and a quote, rather than taking a sledgehammer to your home.
Everyone wants to be independent and do things on their own, but sometimes it’s just not possible. You have got to think about the bigger picture and realize that sometimes the most sensible thing to do is go and get some professional help, rather than attempt to DIY.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.