When moving house, it can be good to take most matters into your own hands. Especially if you’re not liking what you’re moving into (aesthetics wise, not the whole house!), it can be quite a daunting time but one of excitement, too. More and more people are turning to DIY and enhancing their own skills when it comes to refurbishing their home … but what things should really be left to the professionals?
This is one of those jobs that looks easy, but is actually quite laborious, skilled and hard to do. There is a reason that plasterers are always in demand and are kept in a job, especially if they’re good at what they do. There’s also a reason that most of them look like they’re Popeye’s little brother in terms of arm muscle. Holding up plaster and skimming it away bit by bit, room by room, is challenging on your muscles, and even doing the tiniest bit can feel like a massive workout. You may not even be that impressed with the result if you do it yourself, as it can take years to master getting it completely smooth and even. Put some money aside and leave it to the professionals.
More and more people are lending their hand to plumbing, and mostly they’re doing it with good intentions. It’s fair to say that smaller plumbing jobs are very easy to do, especially now there are tutorial videos popping up all over the internet. We’re encouraged to find out the problem and go through several solutions provided by strangers on forums before parting with our hard earned cash and calling in a qualified plumber, but sometimes it just needs to happen. Don’t wait for your house to flood to give them a call.
Unless you’ve received quite a bit of a shock whilst tampering with electrical devices before, you’re probably unaware of the pain that electricians go through when they get things wrong. And these are the guys who know that they’re doing; the things that have gone awry are usually easily fixable, unlike when we do it at home. Most of us don’t even know the basics about what wires go where, and we’re dicing with something that the best Pokémon have got behind them as a damaging tactic in their battles; electricity. It’s a weird way of explaining it, but basically, don’t touch what you don’t know much about. You can think of it as either saving money or saving your life. Which one’s more valuable?
This is more just a case of messing up something that has the potential to cost you a lot of money. If you don’t get the measurements just so, you’ve got the problem of having to rebuy your materials or patch up what you’ve done wrong. It’s not like buying laminate slats and fitting them together and just being able to pick another one from the pack. Hardwood costs a lot of money as it’s expected to last a good while (as in, over 100 years), and carpets can range from the hundreds to the thousands depending on the size of the room you’re laying and the quality of the carpet that you’ve bought. A good fitter will tell you to go out of the house and leave them to it. Listen to them, and don’t return until they’ve done the job – hopefully correctly.
Let’s be honest, everybody has a crack at decorating at least once in their lives. However, if you know that you’re a bit shaky when it comes to cutting in, can’t keep the pressure up when you’re rollering on layers or – and this is the most common fault here – get easily bored with it and give up half way round (if you’ve even done well enough to make it that far), considering hiring somebody who does it for a living and knows what they’re doing. Even if you’re just asking a friend or family member who’s a dab hand at it to pop by in exchange for cash or favours that you can do in their home, it’s still leaving it up to somebody who knows what they’re doing a lot better than you do. This is more the case when it comes to wallpapering rather than painting; this seems to be an art form that few can master. Good decorators are always in demand, so if you have to wait a couple of months for them to be able to fit you in then see this as a good sign!