When you’re a homeowner, you quickly get used to small expenses coming up. A leaky faucet here, a broken window there. The small fixes can add up quickly if you aren’t careful, which is why, if you’re like most homeowners, you try to DIY as much as possible. Taking care of things that come up can potentially save you money as long as you know what you’re doing. However, if you aren’t skilled at some of the bigger home repairs that come up, it may be more cost-effective to hire a pro to handle the job. Here are a few times when you should consider calling in a professional for your home repairs.
Unless you’re a licensed electrician, electrical work should never be handled on your own. Because you’re dealing with wires and voltage, you shouldn’t go poking around in your walls or with your fuse box unless you’re a skilled professional. Next time you have an electrical issue in your home, do yourself a favor and hire a licensed electrician.
Your home’s foundation is vital to its overall structural integrity. If you notice it crumbling, sagging, or cracking, you shouldn’t attempt to fix it on your own or you could risk making it worse. Instead, you should work with a professional foundation contractor. They can help you repair any damage to your home and keep secure.
I think we’ve all done it. We’ve all gotten part-way through a home improvement project that has NOT gone as we wanted it to go and said…well, NOW who do I call? Maybe a plumber? It’s definitely happened to us…more times than I would like to admit! Ha!
Did you know that one in three homeowners regret their DIY home-improvement tasks, according to a report by Zillow? A type of home repair you might be tempted to do yourself is plumbing, especially if the problem appears to be easy to fix, such as a faulty pipe. However, how do you know that you’ll be able to do it without causing greater problems?
A common mistake people make is thinking that their home problems are easy to fix, and if they encounter problems their insurance will cover the damage. Take it from my husband, who makes a living working in homeowner’s insurance, this is not necessarily true! If something goes wrong, you might be denied your homeowner insurance claim, such as if you cause water damage to your home because of your mistakes. So, with that in mind, it’s important to know where to draw the line between DIY and calling in the plumbing pros.
Plumbing repairs you can do yourself
Not every plumbing job is off-limits to you as a homeowner. It can be empowering to be able to fix faulty plumbing, and there are many examples of routine plumbing maintenance and small repairs you can do with ease.
Our first set of dishes originally belonged to my Grandma.
My family had moved my grandma into an assisted living facility when I was in college, and she no longer had any use for her kitchenware or dishes or serving items. Instead of throwing everything away or searching for someone to go through and sell it, my family simply boxed it all up and stored it for me! When my hubby and I got married (just before my grandma passed away), I hardly registered for any kitchen items since I already had almost everything we needed! It was kinda neat! (SUPER neat when I would pull down a dish, flip it over and see her name written on the bottom in blue Sharpie pen with a smiley face included!) All the keepsakes made it seem like she was right there in my kitchen with me.
When we were gearing up to move to our current home, I realized that everything I had from her wouldn’t match my new kitchen. Not only that, but everything I had from her was at least 50 years old, and the wear and tear on her dishes, especially, was starting to show. I knew it was time for me to get a newer set of dishes. I did that, and then checked with the family to see if anyone wanted what I had of Grandma’s. After sharing most of the keepsakes with other family members, I had a few left over that I wanted to keep in use around my home. Three of those pieces were simple saucers – gray with a light blue pinstripe running their edges.
And I had an idea!
I picked up a couple of cute little jars from Michael’s…
…and broke out my trusty Gorilla Glue!
I guess the one thing I didn’t realize about home ownership was how much CONSTANT work it is. I mean, seriously! I hate to be behind on things, so if I want to stay on top of stuff, there’s literally something to do every single day, and the weekends are taken up with larger projects! That’s only because the minute you fall behind…it takes SO much more work to catch back up!
Nevertheless, I always want our home to be at its best. So I’ll put in the work, for sure. But when Nick Stoyanov sent me over a guest post on the best ways to maintain a home, I figured it was fate. I needed it, for sure! Here’s Nick!
Homeowners know how hard it is to maintain your house. It is a constant work that never ends! Fortunately, there are some small tricks that can make it easier. Instead of doing things the hard way, why don’t you try these more efficient solutions?
Here is a list of 5 masterful ideas to maintain your home like a pro.
Taking care of your pool
There are a lot of homeowners who do not have a pool. One of the main reasons for this is that pools require a lot of money and time. Luckily, there is a way to address both of these problems. Most of the pool work (including pool pump maintenance, chlorination, cleaning, etc.) can be done without outside assistance. These are menial jobs that do not require any prior experience. Furthermore, pool maintenance is crucial not only because it protects your pool but it also safeguards the health of your whole family.
We’re wrapping up summer and getting ready to head back to school around here – how about you? There’s a few more days for free time and fun, and then we’ll get down to business and keep most of the “play” to the weekends. Even though kids will get busier when school begins again, they still need to stay active around the house with things like chores and special projects. After all, they need to know that they bring something to the table and are a contributing member of the household as well, right?
So when retired DIY expert David Glenn contacted me with the idea for this post on projects and chores that the kiddos can do on their own, well, I thought it was fantastic! See how it speaks to YOUR kids!
Young children are often eager to help their parents with various projects and chores, but many parents are hesitant out of fear of their children getting in the way. However, children as young as three years old can do basic chores and projects, learning responsibility and independence at a young age.