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Home Improvement Projects You Should Never DIY

There is virtually nothing you can’t learn how to do on YouTube these days. Whether you’ve been in a home for years and want a change, you’re flipping a house, or you’ve just bought a fixer-upper; you might be thinking of doing some renovation work on your own.

Some home projects get a special personal touch when you do them yourself, but there are some tasks best left to a professional. The quality of the work in your home speaks volumes. Unless you’re absolutely certain in your abilities, don’t waste time and money doing a project that will get away from you quickly.

Even if you’re hesitant to hire out, you’ll always want a professional to work in these 5 areas:


Plumbing seems simple, a tube takes liquid and waste from one point to another, how hard can it be? There’s a reason plumbers get paid the big bucks; plumbing is an extremely time consuming and complicated process. Plumbing is an integral part of a structure and any small errors will lead to big problems down the road.

If you want to live comfortably knowing your plumbing was done correctly, and prevent shelling out thousands down the road to fix major plumbing issues, leave it to the professionals.

Structural Work:

We get it, you love the idea of an open floor plan. So do we! But before you take a sledgehammer to that wall between the kitchen and living room, think twice. You never know which walls are essential to your structure, unless you’ve been trained and have extensive experience in the area.

Electrical Work:

There are a lot of good reasons to call an electrician and the most important one might surprise you. Electrical work requires knowledge of the system, the electrician who set it up, the building codes, etc. Even seemingly simple projects can turn into a dangerous nightmare in the blink of an eye.

The number one reason we don’t recommend tinkering with your electrical system? You’re sacrificing any insurance coverage if something goes wrong, which is likely. DIY electrical work is illegal in most cases, electrical codes were established for a reason!


Tiling is a great DIY beginner project, up to a certain point. We highly encourage you to try tiling your backsplash yourself, and tell everyone you host in your kitchen with pride “I did that”! Go crazy on that backyard mosaic you’ve been putting off for years!

When it comes to tiling intricate patterns in a shower or bathroom floor, however, fractions of an inch can make a catastrophic difference in the outcome of your project. Don’t waste the stress or money on this intricate and detailed work.


You might have seen a professional finish sheetrock before and thought “hey, that looks easy!” but trust us, it’s not. Sheetrock is one of the most cost-efficient parts of a renovation project, making it the easiest choice NOT to tackle on your own.

Sheetrock is beyond easy to mess up, so why risk this permanent aesthetic part of your house looking sub-par for years?



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