Doing it Yourself can cost the Big Bucks...

Posted by Kevin Hughes on Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 3:05pm.

What Lies Beneath The Surface?After initially buying a home, often folks go into "Do it yourself" mode. Its only natural as we all want to watch our budgets and many of us enjoy the hands on effort of improving our homes. Unfortunately, this is not always the best idea. Although there are communities in Idaho with older style homes that come at fantastic prices- those very same issues that result in bargain pricing may require a professional's touch. While it may appear at first look that "doing it yourself" will save money in labor costs- mistakes can eat up those savings and then some very quickly! 

Trips to the home improvement store and re-buying the materials can negate the money saved by avoiding hiring a professional. The homeowner will also discover that he can easily spend thousands of dollars on tools he may only use once. Professionals already possess the tools needed to get the job done right the first time.  

Therefore,you should be very careful when considering any type of property requiring extensive repairs that you know when to hire an outside expert. You may want to hire a professional for larger job requiring skills which you don't use on a regular basis. It would also be wise to hire the pros for any jobs which may be considered dangerous if not completed properly.

Hire a professional for these repairs:
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
Experts in these fields have studied the ins and outs of making these repairs.  Years of experience has given them the skills necessary to:
  • Assess the amount and kind of damage
  • Determine the best approach
  • Acquire the proper permits
  • Make a budget
  • Finish the repairs properly and for the long-term
  • Work safely
Roofing
Occasionally, homes having drastic damage require some type of roofing work before the new owners move in. Unless the buyer has significant experience in this area, crawling around on the roof is not a good idea.  It is extremely dangerous and, when you add carrying and placing tools and roofing materials, the risk increases.  Hire a professional for anything to do with your roof, including small repairs, replacing existing material or adding an entirely new roof.  Professional roofers know what kind of material is best for your home, have the necessary ladders and tools, and have the experience to stay safe.

Plumbing
Broken water pipes and even minor leaks can rack up thousands of dollars in property damage.  Water damage causes ugly discoloration of walls, ceilings and floors, the weakening of the actual structure of the home and the formation of often dangerous mold and its resultant allergies.  Due to the importance of the quality of the work involved and the expertise involved in assessing the entire extent of the damage, this is a situation better left to a qualified professional.

Do it Yourself Gone WrongElectrical
Needless to say, "do-it-yourselfers" are well-advised to avoid all electrical work in their home.  Not only can serious injuries - even death - result from electrocution, but there is a risk of fire from incorrect wiring.  The mass of wiring inside walls and ceilings can be confusing and it is inadvisable to make any attempt to fix an electrical problem unless you are an experienced electrician.
 
 
Owners of Idaho real estate will find that calling in a professional for certain repairs is the smart move in the long run.

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