At McCaleb Homes it brings us great joy to provide families with homes that they can live, grow, and make memories in. It is only natural that as your life changes, what you need in a home changes as well. Which is where making home improvements comes into play. If you are thinking of taking on a home improvement project and you are thinking of doing so yourself, you may want to do a little research first. This is because sometimes doing a project on your own can void warranties, complicate resales, and even compromise insurance claims in the future. To help you decipher which projects are safe to do on your own and which ones are best left to the professionals, here is a quick list.
Changing Cooking Ranges
You might think that switching out an electric stove for a gas range is a simple conversion, but it is not as easy as it may seem. If you need to install a gas line, this is certainly something you should have a professional do. You should hire two professionals for this job, an electrician, and a plumber. A plumber to install the gas line and an electrician to modify the electrical setup.
Changing filters and repairing little bits of duct work is one thing but doing more extensive HVAC repairs should be left to professionals. For one thing, you do not want to risk becoming exposed to freon leaks, which can be quite detrimental to your health. And another reason you should have a professional care for this job is because manufacturers are likely to void your warranty if you, as an unlicensed person, attempt to mess with the system.
Of all the home improvement/maintenance jobs to be done, pumping your septic system is probably the one you do not want to do yourself anyway. The good news is that you shouldn’t do this yourself. Pumping a septic system requires permits and special equipment. So, the next time you need this job done, just pick up the phone and call a professional.
If you are dreaming of changing the layout of your home, knocking out a wall or two can make a big difference. But you should consult with a specialist before you pick up a sledgehammer. This is because it can be difficult to determine which walls in your home are load bearing or not and certain cities may also require special permits to take on this project. Don’t risk the structure of your home by doing this project yourself.
As you can see, even if you have the skills needed to do a job, certain jobs require permits and special equipment. So do your research and call a professional if the job calls for it.
By McCaleb Homes 2-21-2022