Most of us will try our hand at a bit of DIY at some point in our lives. It enables you to learn a new skill and to do something different for a change! Plus, often, doing it yourself saves you money. Once you start doing things around the house yourself you quickly get hooked, but sometimes, DIY is best left for the professionals…
Here’s An Example Of How Things Can Go Seriously Wrong
If you were to try to install a boiler yourself without completing the proper courses and becoming certified you could put yourself and your family at risk.
You only have to make one mistake for the risk of an explosion or fire to be greatly heightened. If that happened family members could be badly hurt, or worse, killed.
Plus, you could find that your home insurance policy does not cover the cost of repairing the damage.
The fact that you did not use a properly qualified installer could lead to your being deemed to be responsible for the accident.
Find Out Which Tasks Need A Professional
Before, you start a task, pause, and ask yourself if you need the help or advice of a professional.
Can you legally do the work?
You need to consider whether you are legally allowed to carry out the work.
For example, in the UK, unqualified people cannot remove and dispose of asbestos.
Do you need any professional tools or equipment?
It is also wise to ask yourself if you need any special equipment or training to be able to carry out some of the tasks involved in your project.
For example, when cutting MDF you need to use personal protection equipment so that you do not inhale the fine dust that is created.
Of course, this does not mean that you cannot handle other aspects of a project on your own. But when talking to builders and craftspeople make sure that they fully understand they will not be doing all of the work.
Are you physically able to handle the job?
Lastly, ask yourself if you can physically do all of the necessary tasks to complete the job.
Are you fit enough?
Do you have enough time available to do a good job?
Can you handle the stress of a big DIY project?
Can you easily source the materials you need?
Reviewing the things outlined above before you tackle a home building project will help to keep you safe as well as sane.
You want DIY to be something that you enjoy doing.
Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Lucy Clarke