There comes a time when you need to call in a professional rather than try your hand at a DIY renovation. You can still tackle other areas of the project on your own, but you may need a little help with certain tasks. This is based on the skill, scale, cost and aesthetics of each project. Here are 10 areas of a custom home project that may require a professional.
Never mess with the elements that keep your home intact, such as your beams, footers and headers. This can compromise the safety and integrity of your home. A professional engineer can find and repair these hidden elements in your home, and they can create and approve your plans down to the specifications.
There is more to electrical work than installing a light fixture or hooking up your alarm system. If you do not know how to deal with the wiring, you are creating a safety hazard (potential fire hazard) for yourself and others. A professional electrician can assess and work on your wires, panel and circuits.
A roofing project consists of climbing on the roof, inspecting the area and repairing the damage, and you have to complete these tasks before the next rainfall threatens your home. A roofer is experienced in replacing your shingles or patching a leak within a certain timeline. They can also accurately assess the damage with a trained eye to let you know if you need to replace the whole roof or just address one spot.
There are certain tasks you can often handle on your own, such as replacing a faucet in your half bathroom or fixing a clogged drain. However, make sure you have the right tools for the job. If you do not have the right tools, it is better to hire a professional than to rent the equipment. If the job is more extensive, even a full bathroom remodel, hire a professional to avoid missteps.
You cannot afford to make any mistakes when you are installing insulation – spray foam or fiberglass. A gap in the insulation may result in heat and moisture in your walls. This is why you want to hire a professional who has the experience and materials necessary for this task.
It is better to spend the full day working on the cabinets for your custom kitchen, but your schedule may only allow you to spend a half day working on it. If you are looking for a time efficient solution, hire a carpenter who has the time for your project and the skill to get it done the right way.
It takes years to learn how to scale and fit stone and concrete into place. If you make a mistake, you may find yourself spending additional money to call in a professional. A custom home project such as a retaining wall or brick siding requires the help of a masonry professional from start to finish.
Wallpaper is meant to create a focal point in the room, so you cannot afford to make a mistake when installing it. You are going to see a bad corner every time you enter the room. If you are not confident in your skills, this may be a job for a professional wallpaper installer.
The wide selection of tile means you need to learn different preparation and installation techniques. If you do not know how to lay the tiles, you could wind up with an eyesore or damaged materials. Call in a professional who knows how to lay the tiles in your desired pattern.
A paint job is sometimes a good DIY project. However, it may require tasks such as scraping paint, caulking finishes and repairing the wall. It also takes a lot of time to get the job done right. You may be able to paint smaller areas on your own, but it never hurts to call a professional painter for a bigger job.
From masonary professionals to painters, plumbers and electricians, Alair Homes Salt Lake City works with the best subcontractors, and you enjoy the bonus of knowing an expert project manager is overseeing your remodeling project. Contact us to learn more about our trusted general contracting services, and let’s get started on your next home project.