You May Want to Hold Off on That DIY Project

There’s a ton of work that goes into the standard upkeep of a home. Whether it’s carpet replacement or putting in new cabinetry, the work can sometimes feel like it will never stop. Some of these projects can be completed by the homeowner over a short period of time, while other more intensive jobs require outside professional help.

A recent survey found that 56% of DIYers attacked a home project with the intention of saving money, while 20% said they wanted to challenge themselves with a new task. Whatever that reason may be, the potential for disaster remains, such as higher than expected costs and unwanted or accidental damage to your home.

For starters, replacing a faucet is a common project that homeowners feel they can do themselves. Installing a new sink fixture may seem cut and dry, but there’s more that goes into it than you may believe. Because of this, homeowners often discover other problems like water damage and disintegrated valves once they are under the sink. When issues accumulate, it’s time to call a professional plumber to ensure a smooth installation.

Another project homeowners often overestimate is drywall patching. If you are not an experienced carpenter, this task could end up causing more trouble than it’s worth. To perform a successful professional quality patch job, the job uses two to three coats, which should be spread out a day apart to adequately dry, followed by a sanding for a smooth surface. If you have any holes or cracks in your walls, call an expert to do it the right way.

Finally, DIYers often underestimate the time and effort necessary to install a new exhaust fan. Exhaust fans must be installed using durable metal housing and appropriate ventilation. If done incorrectly, it could lead to drywall damage and condensation accumulation among other unwanted expenses.

To learn more about which household projects you should avoid doing yourself, please see the accompanying resource, created by Fix St Louis.

Guide created by Fix St Louis, specialists in window and door replacement