It’s a good idea to regularly update your home with additions and renovations. This will help keep it well maintained and competitive in the market, which will benefit you when you decide to sell your home in the future.
While going the DIY route will help you save on costs, not all home improvements are good candidates for a DIY project. If you want to have maximum returns, it’s best to leave certain home improvement projects to the professionals.
Here are some home additions that you simply must not DIY.
- Backyard fence
It may seem simple enough, but building a backyard fence requires precision for a clean and level look. And that means using professional tools and equipment, as well as accurate measurements and calculations that you may not have the training for.
A fence is one of the most visible structures in your home, so one with an amateur finish can greatly affect your home’s curb appeal. Besides, it takes a lot of backbreaking work to dig holes for fence posts and set the fence – something you probably wouldn’t want to get into, after all.
- Replacement or new windows
This is another project that may appear simple but actually requires more work than it looks. You need the right tools and equipment to install a new window properly. Otherwise, you could end up with one that’s difficult to operate or does not provide the right insulation.
One thing to keep in mind is that an improperly installed window may have to be replaced entirely – and that would mean even bigger costs.
- Outdoor kitchen
If you simply want to install a new grill and a simple workstation in your backyard, then it’s probably fine to do it yourself. But if you’re looking to build a full kitchen with several appliances, a sink, masonry and other fancy finishes, it’s best to have the pros do it.
If you go the DIY route, you may end up with an unappealing, half-finished kitchen. Moreover, if electrical and plumbing work is needed, you should not even attempt to do them unless you have the proper training. Any mistake will not only be costly to repair, it may also result in a safety hazard.
New siding can give your home a brand-new look – but only if the installation was properly and accurately done. Amateur installation can leave unsightly telltale signs, such as marks on the surface or a crooked or uneven finish. Additionally, the wrong installation can leave gaps and make your siding vulnerable to the elements, which can then damage your home’s frame.
- New roof
Professional roof installation can be quite expensive, but it’s a must. Installing a new roof is a hazardous job that’s best left to the pros who have the right safety gear and equipment for the job. Not only is amateur roof installation dangerous, mistakes in the installation can be disastrous for your home.
- New lighting
Anything that involves electricity should be done by professionals. It is too dangerous for amateurs, and mistakes in installation can expose your home to fire and electrical hazards.