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6 Home Projects You Should Leave To Professionals

Doing these home maintenance works on your own can cause more harm than good

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We've all resorted to occassional DIY works to save a bit of money. But when it comes to home maintenance, there are some jobs that are best left to professionals, as making a mistake could be costly, or dangerous! Here's what not to DIY at home: 

Electrical works


Definitely one of the most dangerous jobs. Sure, you can change a lightbulb, but swapping light fixtures, changing outlet locations, and most especially changing a home's entire electrical wiring should be left to a licensed electrician, as any mistake can result in a fire hazard or electrocution.

Complicated plumbing works


Fixing a clogged toilet bowl or sink is possible, but if you are you thinking of changing a P-trap, waste pipe, or check valves, it is best to call a plumber with the right tools and know-how, unless you want to come home to flooded bathroom. 

Re-tiling a bathroom

While we're on the topic of bathrooms, instaling tiles is already difficult for a professional installer, what more for a DIY-er? Though it is possible to DIY tile installation, there is the topic of waterproofing to tackle, as improper waterproofing prior to tiling can lead to leaks. The condo unit owner below you won't be happy!

READ: Building 101-Choosing The Right Bathroom Tile

Installing windows and doors

If you've wanted to replace a window or door, there are the main considerations of keeping it watertight and aligned with the rest of your windows and doors. And there is also the potential danger that you might hurt yourself! Best to call the neighborhood manong for this, and other heavy-duty works. 

Replacing your roof or ceiling


Lots of things to consider here: locating leaks, replacing rotting or broken purlins, checking weak areas, and more. Hire a contractor or roof repair man for this job. And we hope you do this before the rainy season. 

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READ: 5 Roof Maintenance Tips

Tearing down an existing wall

Itching to expand your living room? Don't just tear down the wall that divides it from another room, especially if you're not the first owner of your home. Some existing walls are load-bearing or structural walls, and shouldn't just be torn down, unless you want your roof falling over your head. Consult with the building administrator, or work with a licensed interior designer or architect.  

Now here's what you can do by yourself:


Most professionals agree that you can do a painting job on your own.  "Painting walls is by far one of the easiest part of home improvement you can DIY," says architect Allen Oblena. "Painting is very doable, but picking the right paint color is the tricky part," architect Arlene Maslog adds. 

READ: When Renovating, What Can I DIY? 

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