Which home improvement projects require a contractor?

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Buying a home comes with several benefits and one of the top aspects new homeowners look forward to is designing their new space to their unique tastes. Many home improvement projects, such as painting, re-tiling and landscaping, can be completed by the homeowners without the assistance of a professional. However, other more complex initiatives should be carried out by a contractor or other professional to make sure the outcome is a positive one.


Knowing when to hire a professional and when to tackle the task solo can help homeowners ensure their improvement projects go smoothly.


Hire a contractor


Some do-it-yourself projects seem simple initially, but once homeowners start making preparations, they may find that executing the project takes more skill than they thought. Before completing any project, AOL Real Estate experts suggest knowing the worst-case scenario if something should go wrong. If minor mistakes may result in significant issues, such as flooding or damaging the foundation of a home, it may be best to hire a contractor. In addition, homeowners may benefit from researching specific projects through books, manuals and online tutorials to gauge the level of difficulty.


There are certain common DIY projects that should always be carried out by a professional if homeowners are unfamiliar with the tasks, according to AOL Real Estate. Drywall repair was listed as a top improvement that should be completed by a contractor, primarily because spreading out the compound can be challenging and a large amount of dust can spread through the house if not done properly.


Another seemingly simple project that is more complicated than it seems is installing a fence. Hiring a professional can help ensure that fence posts are deep enough and property line rules are followed closely.


Do-it-yourself projects


There are several home improvement initiatives that homeowners can take on themselves to either improve the appearance of a home or even save money. For example, caulking leaks and cracks near windows and doors can prevent cool or hot air drafts and save homeowners money on energy bills. In addition, caulking may also help prevent water damage around sinks, toilets and bathtubs if done correctly.


Homeowners can also boost the appearance of their homes by installing new doors and cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms. Most of the installation supplies can be purchased at home improvement stores and professionals may walk homeowners through the process.