5 Home Repairs That Usually Require the Help of a Professional Contractor
Some home repairs and improvements can be completed without the help of a contractor, but many do require professional assistance — not only because they’re more challenging to complete, but because they could be dangerous or even life-threatening if you don’t know what you’re doing. As a rule, it’s best to hire a professional for any type of repair or improvement that could harm you, damage your home, or decrease the value of your house. To explore some of the different repair projects that often require the help of a professional, read on!
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Renovating or Building an Addition
It’s easy for homeowners to get caught up in the glamour and thrill of DIY home addition and renovation projects. However, YouTube videos and internet research won’t take you far if you lack the experience required for this type of undertaking. There’s more to just tearing down a wall and erecting a new one. Working with an experienced construction firm ensures your addition or renovation project will yield the results you’re looking for, and makes certain you can count this as a value add for your home. Renovations and additions vary significantly but often cost tens of thousands. When you drop that kind of money, you want assurances that your vision will become a reality. By getting quotes and meeting with contractors, you can winnow down your prospects and zero in on a team you feel confident in hiring.
Repairing or Replacing a Furnace
If your furnace stops working or needs to be replaced due to its age or condition, you’ll need to hire an HVAC professional to assess the situation and make any necessary repairs or replacements. According to HVAC.com, you’ll spend an average of $3,817 on installing a new furnace. However, the actual cost and installation fees depend largely on the size and type of unit you need. For instance:
- New gas furnaces typically range between $2,385 and $3,920.
- New electric furnaces can cost anywhere from $1,975 to $2,450.
- Labor costs account for about $2,500 to $6,000 of all project expenses, depending on the type of unit and whether any additional work needs to be performed during installation.
Fixing a Leaking Faucet
While fixing a leaking faucet may seem fairly straightforward to some homeowners, it’s best to consult a local plumber for guidance or leave the full repair to a professional — especially if the cause of the leak is unknown. A plumbing professional will help you to identify the cause of the leak — whether it’s a loose O-Ring, faulty washer, or worn down seal — and ensure that the repair job gets done correctly and in less time.
Trimming an Overgrown Tree
If you need to trim one or more overgrown trees in your yard, there are several reasons to pay for a professional tree service. Firstly, tree trimming can be dangerous to you, your property, and other individuals, as you’ll need to reach higher heights and operate the right type of equipment. Secondly, improper tree trimming could damage and weaken your trees — making them more vulnerable to disease, infection, and strong winds or ice. With this information in mind, it’s best to hire a professional tree removal service whenever you need to complete this type of project. When hiring a professional, make sure they have the right tools to complete the job, and insist on getting an estimate before they start work.
Repairing a Leaky Roof
Unless you’re fixing a minor leak caused by cracked or damaged caulk, it’s best to hire a certified roofing professional to repair any roof-related leaks — as doing so will reduce your risk of needing to make costly repairs in the future. Before making any repairs to your roof, however, a roofing professional will complete a thorough inspection of the roof to identify the cause of the leak and the extent of any damages — and he or she will go over the estimated cost of any necessary repairs. While the cost of fixing a leaky roof varies depending on the complexity of the repair and the roof type, average fees range between $250 and $1,200.
Before completing any of these home repairs, it’s important to do plenty of research to find reliable contractors near you. The best contractors will provide you with written estimates before making any repairs to your home, and they’ll have all the information and experience they need to perform these repairs safely, legally, and effectively. You may be tempted to make some of these repairs on your own, but you’ll be glad you hired a professional to assist you when the job is done and you can once again relax in the place you call home.
Article written by Tina Martin