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Home Improvement: When Do You Need to Hire a Pro?

Are you the type of person who loves to take on home improvement projects? The internet has changed the way that homeowners think about repairs and maintenance. Between YouTube, Pinterest, and home improvement blogs, homeowners now have a wealth of resources to help them take on DIY projects simply and affordably.

However, some projects require the knowledge, skillset, and toolbox of a seasoned pro. The trouble is that it can be difficult to determine which home improvement projects you can take on yourself and which you should hire a pro for. If you attempt to do something that is beyond your skill level, you could end up causing more damage, or even worse, getting hurt! That’s why we have put together a list of questions you should ask yourself before your next home improvement project to help you figure out if you can DIY or if you should call in the experts.

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DIY Home Improvement or Call in a Pro?

Having a hard time deciding whether or not you should tackle your next home improvement project on your own? Ask yourself the following questions to ensure that you’re making the right decision:

Is the project small enough to learn quickly?

Though a little research can certainly help you understand and complete minor home maintenance and repairs, research only goes so far. At a certain point, you will need the expertise and experience of a seasoned professional. For instance, you may be able to learn how to replace your thermostat on your own, but if something goes wrong with the electrical components of your air conditioner, you will need to call a certified professional to get the system back up and running.

Could a mistake have serious consequences?

If making an error during your home improvement project could potentially make your home unsafe, then this is a project that is best left to a professional contractor. For instance, faulty electrical wiring could cause a fire. Not to mention, projects that are not done correctly can also be costly to fix. A reputable contractor will provide a warranty for their work and carry insurance should something go wrong.

Are you planning on selling your home?

If you are planning on selling your home in the future, then you may want to leave heavy home improvement projects to the professionals. If your bathroom remodel looks like an amateur did it, then the money you have invested into the new bathroom may not be recouped when you decide to sell your home.

If you’ve got an HVAC or plumbing issue and you need to call in the pros, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Palo Alto Plumbing, Heating, and Air. Our certified and trained technicians have experience working on these complex home systems and can help you get back up and running in no time. Call now to schedule a service visit: (650) 856-3400.