I love doing it myself.My husband and i Turned over Numerous Homes — But quite small, one home at a time, doing almost all the work themselves.
YouTube is a great resource. The site has videos of almost every task. But just because you know how to do something doesn’t mean that it makes sense for you to do it yourself.
Here are four jobs we’ve tried at least once — and never do ourselves again.
4 Home Improvement Jobs You Should Always Hire
Material costs at a large local supercenter were about $ 400 lower than the quote we received for the gutters in our house. We decided we could save that $ 400 and went ahead and bought all the parts (wrong # 1). I thought, “How hard is it?” I chose a metal gutter (wrong # 2).
The gutter itself has only a 10-foot long section. Also, the roofline is only 10 feet long, so I had to slide the sections together. They are made of metal and must be riveted together to stay. This means more supply and potential for misalignment (and miss # 3).
By the time I brought this huge piece to the backyard, I was bleeding, the gutters looked terrible, and there was silicone caulking all over my hands. (Note: Silicone caulking is waterproof and cannot be easily removed.)
When I put this piece on the roof, I realized that I needed about 17 more hands to install it. We quietly put the huge gutter back into the vestibule and packed all the unused material back into the car. I called the gutter company. They came out and set up a seamless gutter in about 12 minutes. They didn’t bleed anything either.
Roofing materials weigh hundreds of pounds and it is very difficult to carry them to the roof. Removing the original roof is also a big task. A reputable roofing company will bring together a team of experienced roofing craftsmen to remove old roofing craftsmen and install new roofing craftsmen.
Our neighbor had to replace his roof after the hail storm. He hired a roofing company that came out, evaluated the job, and chose a crew member who could finish it all in one day. They arrived quite early in the morning and began stripping from the roof. Once the removal of one section was complete, the installer started working, laying down a new roof paper and starting with shingles.
The first section of the roof was installed before the last section was removed. On a cloudless day, the whole job was done correctly. They cleaned the heavy and old roof and removed all the material. The only evidence they were there when they left was the new roof.
Drywall is a dusty, dirty job. Drywall sheets are heavy — hanging them on the ceiling requires a lot of strength. It is art to get a smooth finish. Skill is required to get a good finish with texture. Doing the wrong thing is very easy and it takes a lot of time for beginners to do it right.
Our house was built in the early 1960s. They used some kind of drywall artist to finish the wall. When I replaced the old support, I had to open some walls. Once those walls were closed, the finish of the drywall needed to match as much as possible.
We had no clue as to how the finish was applied. The drywall company we called employs several finishers and knew they needed to use the most experienced finishers to complete this task. We now have a stellar house because we knew our limits. In three days, they completed a task that we took at least two weeks to accomplish and probably didn’t look half as good.
I think it’s worth learning how to repair small holes, but if this isn’t done often, it’s difficult to try to match the finish.
In Colorado, homeowners are responsible for the sewers that are normally on the street from home to the main line. We didn’t have a sewer scope when we bought the house. You should know that the line is almost completely blocked and needs to be eradicated. (We bought it in foreclosure, and the very old trees and shrubs growing directly on the line should have been clues.)
This was discovered shortly after moving on Friday morning when the toilet was backed up to the entire bathroom floor. I started by borrowing a sewer scope / snake. I thought I cleared it, but when I flashed it, it came back up again.
It was late, my father-in-law was with us, and we had two little children. There was no option without a toilet. So we called the sewer people.
Roto-Rooter came out and meandered the line. It took several hours and the scent from the open line to the sewer was overwhelming. The man was definitely not paid enough for his work.
There are many tasks you can do yourself, but knowing your limits can save you thousands of dollars and tons of headaches.
What is the job you always hire? Is there a story about a project you didn’t want to try yourself?
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