The weather is heating up, but it will be nice for a couple more months before the heat of summer sets in. If you are contemplating some home improvement projects, it’s very tempting to decide to do them yourself. In many cases, this will save you money, and you’ll have the advantage of knowing everything about the project, from the materials used to how good the workmanship is. If you’re doing something for the first time, you’ll also have the satisfaction of learning a new skill. Still, sometimes doing it yourself is not the best way to proceed. Here are some common DIY projects that people tend to take on, along with considerations to keep in mind:
- Custom Garage Storage Systems
Putting together a custom garage might seem like no big deal. Slap up a few shelving units, wheel in a workbench, and you’re done, right? For some homeowners, this might work. If you don’t have very many items to store and you don’t work in your garage frequently, then some shelving and a work area may be all that you need, so in this case, doing it yourself can make sense. Other times, though, having a professional come in to design and build a customized storage system will not only save you time, but might save you money, as well. You can read more about things to think about at Dream Garage Makeovers.
- Fixing a Leaky Roof
Drip, drip, drip. If you’re hearing this sound in your attic or, worse, seeing water dripping into your living space, then you have some repairs to do, pronto! If you have a shingle roof, you may be able to climb up there and find the curled or damaged shingles. In this instance, replacing them is fairly simple to do on your own, so long as the wood underneath is in good condition. If it’s not, however, then you might do well to call a professional roofer. A flat roof can sometimes be repaired on your own, if you can find where the water is pooling, drain it, and nail it back down. Tile roofs should be handled by professionals. If you are considering hiring a pro, here are some questions to ask before signing anything.
- Installing Solar Panels
We have an abundance of sun here, and many homeowners choose to install solar panels as a way to reduce their energy consumption and utility bills. There are DIY kits available, but are they safe for the average person to take on? Probably not, says Popular Mechanics. There are some parts of the installation that you may be able to handle on your own, but if it has to do with wiring, you’re always better off getting a licensed electrician, preferably one with experience in installing solar systems. When it comes to DIY, you don’t want to make a mistake that can get you killed, and if you don’t know a lot about electricity, this isn’t something you’ll want to take the chance with.
When you own your home, you have the privilege of being able to update just about anything you want. Remember to file for the proper building permits, if applicable, and to get professional help when it’s needed for safety or the integrity of the job.