Is It Worth The Risk?

Why Take On Large-Scale Work You Have Qualified Experts to Handle?

When should and shouldn’t I DIY?

We understand the feeling of satisfaction you get when you do something yourself. We know how tempting it is to fix your own wall or repair your home roof. So we suggest you go for DIY for smaller tasks. Do-It-Yourself projects are great for smaller tasks because there is less scope of damage and DIY risks. But for bigger projects, DIY is not the way to go. Trust us when we tell you this: Experts Can Do It Better! Why? Experts have the time, qualification and patience to do your job correctly on the first try. They will not mess up your house or try to present you with patchy work.

Did you know? DIY projects that go wrong can cost you large amounts of money in form of bills or fines. There are procedures and rules to follow while renovating and fixing your house.
We at Powerpillar can handle your home repair and refurbishments project. Our expertise extends to building your house from scratch, renovating your bathroom, kitchen or even fixing your broken walls. Powerpillar is trusted by London’s homeowners due to its expert services and quality work. Powerpillar knows all the rules and we can tell you which home renovation projects you should not try at home. Here’s a list of home repair projects you should not try at home:

1. Stay away from repairing your roofs or removing your chimney.

We understand the temptation to fix a broken tile or a leak in your roof, but we highly recommend against it. There is a lot of DIY risks involved as you have never tried doing it before. Roofs are very complicated for inexpert repairers. There are various factors involved, such as waterproofing, insulation, wind resistance and the legal standards required by UK building regulations. We advise you to contact a contractor who can visit your place to look at the chimney or roof that requires repairing.

One day, you may even feel like getting your chimney removed because it is not of much use in today’s modern time. However, make sure to contact a structural engineer to analyze the structural surroundings and the chimney. A structural engineer’s analysis will be based on the following factors:

  1. Fire safety
  2. Sound insulation
  3. Damp prevention
  4. Room ventilation
  5. Building’s structural strength
  6. Neighbour’s chimney’s maintenance (if you are terraced or semi-detached)

Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? It is more complex if you try to DIY. So do not hesitate! If you are in London, we advise you to contact us for expert opinion and services.

2. Do not try to remove a wall yourself.

When you remove a wall, you get more area in your home to utilize and decorate. But, do not try to remove a wall yourself. There is a lot of planning and analysis required before getting a wall removed. For this purpose, you need to get the services of an expert.

When it comes to knocking down a wall, do not try to DIY. Why? It is because your wall may be load-bearing and could end up damaging the structural integrity of your house. Make sure to hire the services of an architect or a structural engineer to provide you with a consultation. As experts, they can closely analyze the design of your home and give you valuable advice.

3. Avoid making alterations to the party wall.

The boundary, wall, or outbuilding you have in common with your neighbour is called a party wall. The affected third parties will have to give you written permission to make it possible for you to make any alterations to the party wall, as it will affect them too. Many times, people will give you that permission and not be a hindrance in your work. However, if they do not cooperate, you will need to hire the services of a party wall surveyor to analyze the situation and explain it to your neighbours.

4. Do not take over plumbing or electrical work.

The general rule of thumb is that DIY risks for electrical and plumbing work are far too high for you to try. For plumbing works, you may not get injured, but you can harm your property. It can land you in huge financial losses. An expert with accurate information and experience about plumbing can help you with the task.

As suggested before, avoid the works that an electrician can handle best! At the most, you can change your room light bulb, but do not try to fix the main plugs or switches as you may end up getting an electrical shock. Did you know? Around 50% of electrical shocks in the UK are the result of DIY projects. So if you do not want to be a part of these statistics, avoid taking electrical work!

5. DIY demolition is a complete No.

Demolition sounds very fun and tempting, especially when you think you will have to knock down some walls. But it is a detailed process. If inexperienced individuals take over demolition, the rest of your house can end up being destroyed or harmed as everything is linked within a larger structure.
You would not want to risk destroying the structure of your house by attempting to DIY now, would you?

7. Do not try to get rid of wildlife yourself.

If your garage has foxes, the kitchen has rats, the loft has bats or other wildlife invasions in your home, you will need to contact Wildlife Management and Licensing at Natural England for advice on dealing with them. It is because few animals and birds are protected under UK law, and removing them from your home can put heavy fines on you.

You can hire the services of experts for animals like rats and ants.

These are the various DIY risks involved in these large-scale projects. We understand how tempting it can be to save money or try to do it yourself, but let the experts handle it! Do not try to DIY for these larger projects.

If Not DIY, Then What?

Powerpillar is here to assist you in all your home repairing and refurbishing projects. Contact us for all your home solutions for quality services and expert opinion at info@powerpillar.co.uk or 020 3633 1605

These are the various DIY risks involved in these large-scale projects. We understand how tempting it can be to save money or try to do it yourself, but let the experts handle it! Do not try to DIY for these larger projects.

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