If any of you are homeowners, you may feel like there’s a never-ending list of jobs to do. DIY can be fun and rewarding. And it can also save a huge amount of money, but not all maintenance tasks and repairs are suitable for amateurs. In this guide, we’ll outline some common jobs and discuss whether to do them yourself or call in the pros.
Most homeowners dread the thought of anything happening to the roof. Roofing issues can be expensive to repair, and if they’re left untreated, they can get worse very quickly. If you notice missing or loose tiles, you spot damp patches on the ceilings, or your roof sustains damage in a storm, for example, it’s wise to seek expert advice. If you attempt repairs yourself, you could make the situation worse. There are also significant risks involved with climbing ladders and trying to work at height without the relevant safety equipment and training. Search for local roofing firms and ask neighbours and friends for recommendations. Always read reviews and check insurance and guarantees before you sign a contract or pay any money.
Studies suggest that around 5 million people in the UK live in areas that are at risk of flooding. Water damage can be devastating for homeowners. If you live in a region or town that is prone to flooding, make sure you have a robust insurance policy and listen out for warnings from local authorities. If your home is damaged, look for disaster restoration specialists and contact your insurance provider. Research companies online, compare quotes and use social media groups and online reviews to find reputable firms. You can take care of minor repairs and remedial work, but if the damage is severe or extensive, you’ll need professional help.
Any jobs that involve dealing with wires, sockets and plugs are usually best left to trained, experienced electricians. Electrical injuries can be severe and even life-threatening. In some cases, electrical work also has to be checked and signed off by a registered professional. DIY electrics can be dangerous and you may also run into trouble if you do work that doesn’t meet the relevant safety standards.
Painting is one of the most common DIY tasks. If you want to spruce up your interiors, or you fancy a change, painting is a relatively straightforward and safe DIY job. Before you start painting, clean and sand the walls, lay down some dust sheets and cover furniture and make sure you have the right tools for the task. Brushes are ideal for small areas and going around the edges of fireplaces and sockets while rollers are great for large spaces. Test a range of shades in natural light before you decide which colours to choose. Wait for the first coat of paint to dry before adding a second layer. If you are covering a dark colour, you may need more than two coats.
If you own a house, it can be tempting to tackle maintenance jobs and repairs to save time and money. In some cases, doing it yourself is a great idea, but often, it’s best to call in the pros.
After all the wind and rain last night, we’re waiting for roofing contractors to come out … woke up to water marks on my wall
Oh no, I’m so sorry! I hope you got it fixed!
We did and it was fairly straightforward which is good
Painting is the most DIY I’m willing to get when I own a home. I prefer to leave any renovations or repairs to the professionals.