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Selling Your Home? DIY Home Repair Mistakes to Avoid

Story Highlights
  • 1 - Electrical work
  • 2 - Plumbing
  • 3 - Full bathroom remodels
  • 4 - Foundation repairs
  • 5 - Roof replacement or repairs

Many homeowners do home improvement before selling their homes. Not only does it make the place look better but it can increase the value of your home, too.

Homeowners often undertake DIY projects during this time but unfortunately, this is not always as successful as they hope it would be. There are a few things to consider when tackling a DIY project.

Sure, it can save you a lot of money but it can also cost you much more if you aren’t sure what exactly you are doing. It is better to leave the following jobs to the professionals:

1 – Electrical work

Electrical wiring should never be a DIY job unless you are a qualified electrician. Just because you can replace a bulb does not mean that you can rewire your entire house.

The work that goes into it is very complicated and without the right skill set, you could hurt yourself in the process.

If electrical wiring is done incorrectly, you can also cause severe damage to the structure of your house if a fire breaks out and this will end up costing you a small fortune to fix.  

2 – Plumbing

Homeowners are often forced to do the plumbing of a house themselves because water is such a necessity but you might want to be patient until a qualified plumber arrives.

DIY plumbing projects often break, burst, or cause leaks that can cause a complete disaster.

If you have a pipe that has burst or if you want to install a small fixture, rather call a professional plumber that can assist you. Make sure that the plumber has all the necessary skills and qualifications, and that he can repair the plumbing so that it is up to code before you sell. 

3 – Full bathroom remodels

You might think bathroom remodelling is easy but it is trickier than it looks. Usually, it requires more than just installing new taps and shower doors.

Homeowners forget to consider that they might encounter plumbing issues and additional electrical work. A bathroom remodelling can easily boost the value of your home, especially if you go all out to make it modern.

If you do the remodelling yourself, however, it could be disastrous. Then you would have to spend more time having a professional fix it, which in turn would mean that you have to wait even longer before selling your house. 

4 – Foundation repairs

Small damages to the foundation can seem like an easy enough job to fix yourself, but it could be a symptom of an underlying problem.

If you start fixing a small crack here and there and you don’t do it properly, it could lead to serious foundational damage.

Homeowners often don’t have the necessary tools required to fix the foundation of the house. It requires a professional to identify and analyse the extent of the damage. They will also have the necessary equipment to fix it professionally. 

5 – Roof replacement or repairs

This is probably the worst DIY project that you as a homeowner can tackle. Not only is it a challenging job but it is also extremely dangerous.

We don’t need to tell you how easy it is to fall off a roof, or worse, fall into your house if there is a hidden weak spot on your roof!

Repairing and replacing a roof is often very expensive because it requires a certain type of skill set and specific tools. Rather spend the money than sit with a broken roof when potential buyers view your home. 

There are some projects that you can do yourself, but the above are better left in the hands of a professional. 

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