DIY projects have become very popular in recent years, but remodeling and upgrading your home on your own is not always the best idea. In addition to the safety issues, carrying out your own projects could create problems with your insurance or even break local laws. Here is a quick look at four projects that homeowners should never carry out on their own.
Installing a Pool
One of the most important reasons to have an experienced contractor install a pool is so that their company’s insurance covers any damage that takes place in the near future. Unless you have specifically added water damage to your policy, you will most likely not be covered if the pool leaks. Another common issue is hitting a water pipe or electrical line when digging a hole for a pool. Digging around those lines can be challenging unless you have the proper tools and skills.
Removing Old Paint
Adding a fresh layer of paint to the outside or inside of a home is generally not a major undertaking, but homeowners should be wary of removing older paint. Lead-based paint was used on residences for many years, and it is extremely dangerous to remove on your own. Without the proper safety gear, you could create airborne lead particles that will contaminate your home for months and put your family’s health at risk.
Building a Retaining Wall
Retaining walls must stand up to an incredible amount of pressure over the years, and it does not take much for them to collapse if they are not properly supported. This project also requires a wide variety of tools and materials such as tampers, wheelbarrows, topsoil, landscaping fabric, leveling sand, and drainage pipes.
Climbing onto a roof can be quite dangerous on its own, but not many people realize just how much a single roofing mistake could cost them. A hole or crack in one of the layers of the roof can cause thousands of dollars in damage after a rainstorm. Depending on your insurance policy, doing your own repairs could even void your coverage if it results in water damage at a later time.
Even homeowners who are comfortable carrying out their own upgrades might still benefit from working with an experienced home remodeling contractor. These professionals will ensure that your home stays safe and up to code no matter what projects you plan on carrying out.