When To Go DIY, and When to Call the Pros

When To Go DIY, and When to Call the Pros

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Do-it-yourself projects are not only more affordable but can also be an exciting and fun way to spend your weekends or downtime. The more projects you tackle yourself, the more you learn and the more you are able to do.

Sometimes, however, it may be necessary for you to call a pro. This is especially important when there are safety issues involved like electric wiring or a roof that is on the verge of collapsing. It may also just be something that you want to be down expertly and neatly. Here is a list of 5 DIY and call the pro’s projects.


Painting is something that you can definitely to yourself. If it is a large painting job that will simply take too long to do by yourself, you can always place a local add and get some kids who would like to earn some pocket cash. Make sure that that you tape down door frames and light fixtures and cover your floors completely. This will ensure that a careless painting job doesn’t result in paint splatter all over the place.

Structural framing

When you considering exterior renovations or other projects that require changes to lumber or trusses, you may have to call in the help of a professional. When these structural elements are damaged, it can diminish the structural integrity of your house. This includes projects like roof tile replacing, the fitting of facia boards, or window replacements.

Installing fencing

Whether you should install fencing yourself or call in the help of a professional depends on a few things. If you previously and successfully installed a fence, go for it. If you’ve never built a fence, but you feel comfortable taking the project and you know that you have the necessary skills, it may also save you money to do the job yourself.

If you are, for example, an office worker with almost zero DIY experience, consider getting the help of an expert, even if it’s just an experienced friend to give you some guidance. Alternatively, contact a business and leave the project entirely in their hands.


Landscaping is a project that you may not want to give over to a pro in its entirety. This is simply because you may have specific ideas for your garden. If you have green fingers, consider doing the project yourself. It will save you money and can be a fun way to spend your weekends. If you know for a fact, however, that everything you have ever planted didn’t survive for longer than a season, contact a pro.

Most professional landscapers are knowledgeable on things like soil pH, they know which plants are indigenous to your area, and they can consult you on the aesthetic appearance of the finished project. If you hire a professional, make sure that you know exactly what you have in mind.

Changing light fixtures

Changing light fixture can potentially be dangerous, but most of the time it doesn’t take too long and not be worth calling out a handyman or electrician. When you have no idea how to change a light fixture, do an online search or watch instructional videos to ensure that you buy the correct replacement fixtures and that you go about the project in a safe manner.

Before changing a light fixture, make sure that you switch off the power to the old fixture before removing the screws and bracket. Also, remember that you should stand on a sturdy platform so that you don’t fall.


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