Over the last few years there has been something of an emphasis on opting for the DIY approach when it comes to home improvement. There’s no doubt that the financial crisis sparked things off, as some opted to save the pennies, but over time this has become more of a habit.
While it’s true that money saving is the principle reason behind the DIY approach, it can be easy to take things too far. Just because the task is based in the comfort of your own home, doesn’t mean to say it’s safe. You may still need to arm yourself with goggles, safety shoes, fluorescent jackets (if the work takes you out into the road) and other equipment for protection.
There are also occasions where the task will just be too much for you to complete alone. Let’s take a look at some of these situations and highlight just when you need to ask for a professional, or further help, to get the job done.
Anything involving asbestos
This is one of the most dangerous tasks for a number of reasons. The problem with asbestos is that it’s silent; nobody knows if you are going to be affected or not.
There have been umpteen legal cases over the last few years involving asbestos and the conditions that it can cause later in life. Considering the fact that a large portion of homes before the 1980s were built with asbestos-based materials, it really is advisable to turn to a set of professionals if you suspect that the substance might be in your own home.
If you happen to be surrounded by enormous trees, then the DIY approach really might be worth skipping this time. We really don’t need to highlight the dangers here but suffice to say, the sight of a huge trunk dropping towards you isn’t one to look forward to.
This is one of those occasions where bringing over your friends to assist probably isn’t going to cut it (pardon the pun) either. You’ll need a specialised team in for this; trees are just too predictable to attempt to chance it.
Little else needs to be said here. The higher you climb, the harder you fall – at least that appears to be the golden rule.
Some people will feel competent enough to repair their own roof, but don’t do it alone. At least bring someone along who can hold the ladder in place, just as an extra precaution.
Advanced electrical repairs
As the name suggests, we’re not talking about light bulbs in this section. Instead, any work involving circuits or projects of a similar size must be handed over to a relevant professional. We’re not just referring to safety either, the guidelines in relation to carrying out this sort of work are stringent and you’re technically evading regulations if you opt to do-it-yourself.
Don’t take the chance, from both a safety and legal point of view.