Home Improvement Projects that Require a Pro
Home improvement projects are a great way to increase the value, functionality, and appearance of the home. Many of them are DIY-friendly and can be carried out by the homeowner without any issues. However, there are some projects that need a professional to do, not only for safety reasons, but for potential legal ones as well.
What are some Professional-Only Home Improvement Projects?
Whenever you’re going to be cutting into the walls, roof, or removing parts of them it’s always a good idea to know what is inside them and if they’re load bearing.
Knocking out an interior wall is a project that requires a professional. First they will need to determine if the wall can even be removed or not. If it is a load-bearing wall, then there’s no way it is going to be knocked down no matter how much you want an open floor plan.
Installing a skylight is another project that is professional-only. Cutting into the roof is not something that should be done by just anyone. There can be all sorts of infrastructure running through the area of the roof you want the skylight installed in. If you happen to cut into an electrical line, or disturb some old, asbestos installation, you’re going to have a bad time.
Anything that involves a gas line is an improvement project that you’re going to want to leave to the pros. Changing from an electric to a gas range, or the reverse, installing a new water heater, or installing a new furnace are definitely all projects the homeowner should not attempt. Not only do the utility companies advise against messing with their infrastructure, it is exceptionally dangerous if you do not have the proper training or tools.
If your HVAC system is in need of repair or maintenance for anything more involved than replacing a filter, you will need to hire a professional to handle it for you. There is risk of electric shock as well as the potential release of refrigerant that is illegal to vent into the atmosphere.
If you have been thinking about repairing your HVAC system, don’t. Give us a call at Butler Heating & Air Conditioning to come and service your equipment for you and our trained professionals will be glad to assist you.