Home maintenance is one of the dullest things on the planet. It’s a lot of work and effort, all for the sake of returning something to the state it ideally would have already been in. It’s one thing to embark on home projects that are going to improve your home, but it’s quite another to waste an afternoon just returning things to normal.
What is possibly worse is the idea of having to spend money on home maintenance. It’s bad enough that it’s boring, but when it actually costs money? Money you could otherwise spend on literally anything else, because it’d probably be more entertaining? It’s not tempting.
Maybe that’s why so many people pick up a drill, watch a few YouTube videos, and then proceed to throw themselves into a task they really don’t understand. There’s nothing wrong with the effort itself; wanting to be competent at DIY is fairly necessary if you’re going to run a house without spending a fortune on repairs.
However… there are some things you really should leave to the pros. For example…
Are You An Electrician? If Not, Electrics Aren’t For You
There’s pretty much nothing in the home that will kill you dead with the speed and force of electricity. Go poking where you don’t understand and the results could be catastrophic. Yet for some reason, people still throw themselves into big electric tasks like rewiring or installing complex new light fittings.
There is a tendency for people to think that if they turn the electrics off while they do the work, then there’s no possible harm. That might be the case in the short term, but what about the medium and long term? Turning the electrics off in the moment isn’t going to prevent faulty wiring from causing a fire in the future.
No Plumbing Qualification? Then No Pipes For You
Plumbing doesn’t have the same immediate threat that working with electricity can have, but it can still be catastrophic. This is especially true if you do anything with the water heater; the mishandling of which could easily result in carbon monoxide poisoning for the whole family. Some people do still charge in there, though; determined to fix faults with water pumps or to valves, sure that it’s only a small job so why should they pay someone to do it?
There’s a reason people have to train to handle gas safely – because it’s dangerous. No matter how easy the job sounds, going near your water heater is a job you should definitely skip.
Not A Roofer? Then Stay On Ground Level
Finally, another one for the immediate threat file. If you’re not used to working with heights, then barrelling in to fix that leaking tile could be potentially catastrophic. Even the professionals – with all their years of expertise – have a shockingly high number of falls and deaths as a result of falling from roofs.
Of course, you want your home to tick over as it should – but you should definitely prioritize keeping yourself alive and well above all else.