Dedicated: To DIY or Not to DIY? When is it Time to Call in the Pros?

There’s nothing more satisfying when renovating your home, than putting your own skills to good use. It’s free, creative, a great learning experience, and it can even be a no-cost workout! However, there are times when it’s best to get someone with the skills and qualifications who know what they’re doing. Here are a few of the most common home improvement and whether you should have a go yourself or leave it to the pros.

Painting: DIY

Painting is a great way to bring a room from drab to fab in an afternoon’s hard work. There’s nothing stopping you from picking up the brush or roller, as there are no qualifications involved. However, it can take longer and be more exhausting than you first thought, so make sure you’re either alert and raring to go when you start, or that you’ve enlisted some friends to help you out.

Wiring: Professional

When it comes to anything electrical, you really need to get a professional in. All electrical work must be carried out by a registered electrician according to Part P regulations. If not, you’re committing a criminal offence.  Any wiring is of course very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and if you’ve got electrical work that doesn’t comply with regulations, your council can make you change or remove it. An electrician is safe, legal and worth the extra dosh.

Tiling: DIY

Yes, it is possible to lay your own tile at home. It can be intricate work, and you need to know exactly what you’re doing, so it pays to be careful. Stick to tiling dry areas that won’t leak, like entranceways and kitchens rather than bathrooms, and choose larger tiles. These will stick to your mortar better and are less likely to slip around. Use a tile spacer to make sure the distance is exact – they can be a pain to remove, but it’s definitely with it.

Gas fitting: Professional

Anything to do with gas needs to be performed by a certified tradesman on the Gas Safe register by law – no exceptions. Gas work can get expensive, but unfortunately, it’s a necessary expense. Gas fitting includes measuring, cutting and installing pipes as well as testing and maintaining appliances. If your home improvement budget is tight, don’t skimp on a cheap gas fitter – find other areas around the home you can DIY to free up more money for a quality tradesman.

If you’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get dirty, then DIY is for you. Home renovations can get really expensive, and any money saved on the necessities is a great addition to your home decor budget, but at the end of the day, you have to keep yourself and your home safe – and legal! – too. If you need to call in the professionals, Plentific helps you find a tradesmen online, which will get you in touch with qualified tradesmen of all skills in your area. Plentific comes with an insurance-backed guarantee, protecting you from any sub-par work.