3 Home Improvement Projects You Can Tackle Yourself, And 3 To Leave To The Pros

3 Home Improvement Projects You Can Tackle Yourself — And 3 To Leave To The Pros

Over the past couple of years, many of us have spent the extra time at home learning new skills. From making sourdough from scratch to home improvement projects like laying flooring or painting our spaces, many of us have picked up new hobbies that improve our lives.

For homeowners, a surprisingly rewarding aspect of home ownership can be the ability to invest sweat equity that improves your largest investment. When you undertake DIY projects, your efforts result in immediate, tangible benefits in the way your home functions, and can result in real financial gains, as your work adds to your home’s value. And, with the resources available to ambitious DIY-ers, learning to do work on your home has never been easier. However, there are still some aspects of home maintenance and improvement that are always best left to professionals, whose training, experience, and accumulated knowledge means that you and the other members of your household stay safe and comfortable. Check out three satisfying home improvement projects you can tackle yourself, and a few others that are best left in professional hands.

DIY: Painting Indoors And Outside

Painting is one of the simpler home improvement projects a homeowner can undertake, but its effects are undeniable. Painting a room can change its entire look and feel, making a room feel larger or more cozy, and reflecting your unique personality in your choices of color, contrast, and design. Painting is also a fun project with low stakes — you’re not ripping out walls or fixtures or taking up flooring, and any mistakes can easily be repaired for little more than the cost of an extra can of paint. 

Homeowners who have mastered interior painting projects can upgrade the exterior of their homes by adding paint to exterior trim or walls, improving a home’s curb appeal and adding to the home’s weather tightness. Renting a pressure washer is an easy, low-cost way to remove old paint and debris from exterior surfaces, making painting easier. 

Leave It To The Pros: Electrical Work

Your home’s electrical system is probably its single most complicated component. Especially if your home is not brand-new, trying to figure out and repair the complex wiring of your home is a project best left to licensed professionals. From the risks associated with doing the work itself — ranging from minor shocks to electrocution — to the danger of fire if any aspect of the work is done improperly — it is best to leave every aspect of this complicated and dangerous job to duly licensed electricians. 

DIY: Landscaping

Landscaping might seem like a professional project, and it is certainly the case that some larger jobs require specialized equipment and skills that only professionals can bring to the job. However, there are a lot of projects that you can tackle armed only with basic knowledge and a willingness to get your hands dirty. 

Cutting back overgrown lawns or shrubbery, replanting flowerbeds, aerating and overseeding a lawn, or even planting or removing small shrubs and trees are all high-reward home improvement projects that don’t require a ton of specialized knowledge or tools to end up looking great. Even for mid-size projects like laying sod or building a flower bed, ambitious homeowners can rent basic tools to create stunning results.

Leave It To The Pros: Plumbing

Especially in older homes, it seems like there’s almost always a slow drain or a faucet that doesn’t seem to be operating at full strength. It can be tempting, as a homeowner, to try to investigate the source of plumbing problems and fix them yourself. After all, plumbing isn’t as complicated or dangerous as electrical or structural work — it’s easy to think that we can replace a pipe or refit a drain on our own.

However, plumbing is a job that should almost always be managed by professionals. That slow drain or leaky faucet might be only a symptom of a larger problem deep within the walls, floors, or attic of your home. These issues can cause water damage, leading to rot, mildew, and mold, and creating a lot more repair costs down the road. Having an experienced plumber evaluate recurring issues can help to keep your investment in your home safe. For anything larger than a clogged drain or a running toilet, it’s always a good idea to consider a professional evaluation when a plumbing problem seems to keep coming back.

DIY: Replacing Door Knobs And Kitchen Or Bathroom Hardware

When it comes to the project that provides the largest impact for the smallest effort, it’s tough to beat replacing kitchen or bathroom hardware. Upgrading drawer and cabinet pulls and changing out interior and exterior door hardware can totally transform a space, making a traditional room into a modern one or vice versa in just an hour or two. Upgraded finishes are a great way to make your space reflect your personality and design philosophy, while being satisfyingly easy to install. As an added bonus, you’ll no longer be annoyed by rattling door knobs or loose drawer pulls, making this an upgrade that improves your home beyond looks alone.

Leave It To The Pros: Roofing And Foundation Work

Few things are more important to your home than its roof and its foundation. Both provide important barriers against water intrusion and damage, and repairs to both should be left to professionals. While it might seem doable to replace a few roof shingles or seal up a foundation, roof and foundation work is too important to try to tackle on your own. These are not the spots to try to save money on professional contractors — you’ll almost certainly wind up paying more down the line. In addition, roof work is dangerous. No matter how sure-footed you are, it’s better to avoid the risk of falls or injury.

When Home Means More, You Need a Team With More to Offer

Ready to get your hands dirty with some great DIY projects? Your local Baird & Warner agent is here to help make the journey easier from beginning to end.

Home is about so much more than just four walls. Buying or selling a home is a big deal, and with everything we experienced in the last year, our homes have never been more important. That’s why your local Baird & Warner agent is with you at every step of the way, with the tools and support you need to make your real estate journey easier — including in-house connections with local experts in mortgage and title

So whether you’re looking to buy a home or get yours in perfect shape to sell, your Baird & Warner agent can help you through every part of the buying and selling process.

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