With the weather warming up (and hopefully drying out… SOON), many Minnesota residents are gearing up to make improvements and repairs to their homes. Some will hire a professional, and some will do it themselves. When it comes to home repair, sometimes doing it yourself pays off - especially when trying to sell a home
. Other times, it doesn't.
The idea of doing it yourself sounds great, at first glance. It can save you money on both labor and materials, you can learn new skills, sharpen existing knowledge, and improve your home at the same time. But it isn’t without its risks.
The key to avoiding an expensive mistake is knowing when to pick up the hammer and when to pick up the phone. When it comes to home improvements, you must know you’re limits. If you start a project you are unable to finish, you'll simply spend more money getting it fixed.
Here are a few home improvement tasks you might want to consider leaving to the professionals:
Anything involving Wires.
In Minnesota, all electrical wiring work must be completed by an electrician licensed by the state. However, you can do electrical wiring in a home which you own and live in. All electrical wiring must
be inspected by the State Electrical Inspector. Beyond the legalities, consider that 95 percent of electrical fires are due to homeowners who installed wires improperly.
Anything involving Plumbing.
As with wiring, all plumbing work must be completed by a plumber licensed by the state, but a resident who owns a home and lives in it can apply for the proper permits to carry out the work. A plumbing permit is required to replace or install fixtures, replace or install water piping, replace or install a water heater, and to connect gas appliances to gas piping (stoves, dryers, or fireplaces). A mechanical permit and a licensed contractor are required when it comes connecting a furnace....