In the modern era, a DIY mindset has taken hold. It has given rise to the maker’s industry where people use CNC routers and 3D printers to innovate their way into technological history. Creatives and crafters sell their ware on Etsy, and indie coders hack their way into six-figure jobs. Going a step farther, reality television has popularized home construction such that the idea of the DIY renovating house flipper has become the mythos of the age.
However, regardless of all this fanfare, your prowess with a pipe wrench notwithstanding, you sometimes need an expert tradesman.
Although there are a plethora of online videos outlining the methodology and intricacies of such things as plumbing and electrical work, the casual homeowner or renovator should not be tempted to take on such tasks. However, if you have ever gotten behind the drywall and gotten involved with the vast network of rusted, seeping sewage pipes or the intricate, ancient knob and tube wiring of a fixer with potential, you know that sinking feeling of dread that steals from you all motivation as you discover the problems far outpace your ability to solve them.
In this situation, it is time to call an expert.
Often, a single problem is rarely simple or isolated. Instead, for instance, the problem of a leaking pipe often turns out to be multiple, interconnected series of problems that involve rusted pipes, rotten wood, and a touch of black mold. Additionally, even if one problem is fairly straight forward and fixable, it is surrounded by infrastructure that must be disassembled or demolished in order to fix the problem. Plumbing pipes are unfortunately not outside the walls where you can get at them with a pipe wrench. They are behind the walls, in the ceiling, or under the house. Sometimes the problem is six feet beneath the dirt in your backyard. In these instances, you might not have the resources to cut through the walls or dig into your yard.
Again, it is time to call in the experts.
3. Legal issues
Because of building codes and safety concerns, DIY people are sometimes not allowed to make repairs. Electrical problems, for instance, must be made by a certified electrician. If not, well, that leads to the next issue: insurance.
If you make repairs yourself and are not insured, any problems that arise from those repairs are likely to not be covered by your insurance. Unlike plumbing problems, electrical problems, for instance, are typically not something that takes years to get out of control. Instead, all it takes is a spark, and an entire structure can go up in flames–along with it the sleeping occupants.
Regarding plumbing problems, any leaks that take place after a series of repairs might go unnoticed for years. However, the mold that could develop carries with it a host of potentially devastating health problems.
In each instance, the faulty repairs made by an expert tradesman insured by TradeRisk Australia would be covered. More likely, the repairs would not have been faulty in the first place. Additionally, in the example of a burning home, if there is loss of life, your problems will not just get worse–they could become cell block-c worse.
Regardless of your skill level, you might simply not have the time. If some repairs require immediate attention, your job, family, or schedule simply might not allow you to undertake a 10-day repair job.
Many times, repairs are part of something that will later be sold. By law, sellers must disclose repairs or ongoing problems. Regarding these disclosures, buyers want to understand the depth of the problems or see the warranties for the repairs.
They likely will not care that you made cosmetic repairs. However, if you have installed railing along a stairwell or built a new deck off your second floor, they are going to want to see the warranties that go with each repair or addition. These types of warranties are even more important in terms of electrical work or roof repairs, and if you cannot offer a bonafide warranty for the repair work, you might have a problem finding an interested buyer.
Sometimes, an expert tradesman’s craft goes beyond hammering nails, twisting pipes, and capping live wires. Sometimes, because of his or her experience, the work of expert tradesman ventures into the area of art. Custom spires on a stairway, for instance, or the architectural add-on of a solarium or skylight can be awe-inspiring.
Regardless of how many DIY videos you are able to watch, considering your hammering skills result in crooked nails and dimpled hardwood, you guessed it–the celebrated, DIY television show running through your head needs to be cancelled.
It is time to call an expert tradesman.