Home Improvement Ideas You Can DIY (and the ones best left to pros!)

In this blog, we'll narrow down which home improvement ideas you can DIY and which ones will require help from experts. Let’s start!

We can’t blame you;do-it-yourself (DIY) projects can really give you a sense of accomplishment! However, some projects may not go as planned. That’s because there are some tasks around the house that are best handled by experts.

In this blog, we’ll narrow down which home improvement ideas you can DIY and which ones will require help from experts. Let’s start!

You can DIY if your project involves:

Painting

What could be the best DIY project for the weekend other than painting? It’s quick and affordable. Also, it’s something your whole family can enjoy doing together. You can experiment with color in your children’s playroom, spray paint some chairs, spruce up an accent wall, or refinish some cabinetry. If you want to brighten up your home, white or neutral paint is the way to go.

Generally, paint equipment like paint rollers, sleeves, and trays are inexpensive, so don’t worry too much about the costs. If you have some old paint lying around, make sure to check that it’s still good to use by testing it on a piece of cardboard.

The best part about DIY painting projects is that there are plenty of guides available online. To start, always remember that overbrushing, failing to clean the surface, and cutting back on primer and tools are common mistakes you must avoid. 

Tiling

A great way to upgrade your bathroom and kitchen is by retiling. You can mix and get creative with lovely patterns and bright-colored tiles. Not only that, tiling is relatively easy to accomplish because tiling equipment like tile cutters, notched trowels, tile spacers, and grout float are readily available.

However, make sure that your notched trowel matches the tile size in order to stick the tiles perfectly to the adhesive. Also, don’t forgo tile spacers, as you can use them to align the tiles and lay them out accordingly. For areas that are usually wet, you might want to install a waterproof backer board to prevent moisture from leaking through the cracks.

 It’s easy as it sounds, and this is something you can accomplish yourself. 

Cabinet installation and removal

Replacing cabinets and shelves might seem like a daunting task, but don’t worry. This isn’t something that requires specific training. With common sense and good judgment, along with the tools you have at home like a hammer or crowbar, you can actually remove them through this 3-step process:

  1. Empty your cabinets and store the contents in a container kept in a separate room. If you’re keeping the counter, cover them with wood or a thick blanket. You can also provide your cabinets with support bars that could handle the weight of the same after removal.
  2. Using the claw of a hammer or crowbar, remove the trimmings, screws, and shelves that could get in the way of the cabinets. Hold them tight to prevent them from dropping.
  3. Then, proceed with the base cabinets. Ensure you’re wearing gloves to prevent cuts or scrapes.

Flooring

In terms of flooring, there are easy DIY options. Peel-and-stick vinyl tiles, carpet tiles, or laminate flooring can enhance your floor big time. The simplest to install are laminate ones since they don’t require grout, mortar, and other tools.

Door and handle installation

You’ll only need basic carpentry skills and a four-minute orientation via a YouTube clip; then you can install a door over the weekend. For a simple and easy set-up, try sliding barn doors which are popular in modern rustic homes. They are easy to work with, and you’ll be finished before you know it.

Meanwhile, you may need an expert if your project involves:

Plumbing

Hiring a professional plumber to take out and replace your floating sink, vanity, or toilet is your best option. You wouldn’t want to splash in gray water if you attempt a DIY project.

Make sure you verify that a plumber is licensed and registered through your state’s licensing board before you allow them to work on your home’s plumbing system.

Electrical work

Installing power outlets, electrical wirings and circuitry is best left to a licensed electrician. There may be instructional materials online for DIY electrical work, but truthfully, it isn’t worth the risk. There’s a chance you could get hurt or even cause a fire.

Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC)

When it comes to HVAC systems, it’s best to reach out to a qualified and experienced technician. Some of the information you need to know are delicate, complex, and far beyond common knowledge.

One thing you can’t obtain online is professional experience and supervised training. If you attempt this project without such, you could potentially cause irreparable damage to the HVAC system and compromise the warranty. Even worse, it may cause you and your family serious harm. 

Structural changes

If you want an open floor plan with a nice flow of natural light, you may need to knock down interior walls. 

Typically, partition walls aren’t load-bearing, so they’re safe to remove DIY. Still, you have to make sure by reaching out to a professional. If not done with the help of a builder or structural engineer, you could risk impairing a load-bearing wall. This can cause severe damage to the house’s framework.

Home extensions

We all have a personal dream space at the top of our renovation wishlists. It might be anything from an outdoor breakfast nook or a kid-friendly play area. These improvements won’t just improve the look of your home but also its resale value. 

For big projects like these, you might want to seek help from experts. If not, you might not get the results you expected. So, think of working with a drafting expert or architect as a necessary investment.

Home improvements that are worth it

Just when you think you’re done with home improvements, you’ll realize that the list is endless! Your needs grow, your children age, and your lifestyle changes.

Thankfully, there are some projects you can do yourself and other projects that require help from experts. Knowing which is which is the key to accomplishing several projects without spending too much time and money.

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6 Comments

  1. Thank you for mentioning that such things as plumbing, HVAC, and electrics require a professional hand. While you can save a tidy sum by doing things yourself, you can spend much more by fixing mistakes you made being inexperienced.

  2. It’s definitely better to call a professional for HVAC jobs. Being inexperienced, you can make mistakes leading to expensive repairs or even system replacement. However, such a thing as replacing filters you can DIY.

  3. Electrical jobs are better left to professionals, indeed. Even if everything is fine in the beginning, some mistakes may appear in the future. Mistakes related to electrics can have a lot of damage to your property.

    1. Absolutely! And here is an example: installing a breaker of the wrong size can result in a disastrous fire. Initially, the breaker may work fine. However, a fire can break out years later after additional demands overload the circuit.

  4. Be careful when choosing a plumber or electrician for your home. Here are some tips for choosing a good technician: ask your neighbors for recommendations, check the credentials, licensing, and insurance, ask about the experience and expertise and ask about warranties.

  5. Regarding HVAC, here is one thing you can do without third-party help — change the air filters and do it once every 60-90 days. Changing a filter is pretty easy and takes only five or ten minutes. However, if you have never done this for the first time, you can hire an HVAC contractorrrr to show you how to do it correctly.

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