When to Hire a Professional for Home Improvements

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Are you thinking about tackling a home improvement project? Summer is the perfect time to accomplish those things on your home improvement to-do list. As a homeowner, it’s important to think about ways to increase the value of your home, along with updating it. Home improvement projects have many benefits including increasing your home’s value and making your home more enjoyable. For example, a dark basement can be turned into a fun recreational room just by adding the right lighting.

For homeowners who have all the right power tools at their fingertips, taking a DIY approach to home improvement may seem like a good idea. But before starting any significant home renovation, you may want to rethink the DIY approach. Here are three examples of when leaving the home improvements to a professional may be a good idea.

Taking down a wall

Turning two smaller spaces into one large open space may sound appealing, but it’s difficult to know when it’s safe. If your home renovation plans include removing a wall, you need to consult with a qualified professional first.

Even if the wall you want to remove isn’t load-bearing, it may take an expert's knowledge to determine which walls are safe to take down and which ones are best left alone. In addition, a professional will know all the current local building codes. With such a major construction project, it’s important to make sure everything is completed within building code guidelines, both for your safety and the resale value of your home.

Electrical work

Adding new electrical outlets and rewiring an underused space can be a smart home improvement project. However, electrical work is not a DIY project. Dealing with electric currents flowing through wiring should not be taken lightly and should be handled by a professional.

Electricians are trained and licensed to handle this kind of work. If electrical work is required during any home improvement project, be sure to call an electrician to do the wiring work.

Plumbing work

Whether you’re upgrading to a more water-efficient toilet or installing a new steam shower, there are many ways a DIY plumbing project can go wrong. Water damage caused by leaks can end up costing you even more in the end. So do yourself a favor and call a plumber if any major plumbing work needs done.

You can still do all the planning and take care of minor projects independently. For example, a plumber probably isn't needed to upgrade the kitchen sink faucets, but more involved plumbing renovations deserve professional help.

If you’re needing extra cash to help fund your home improvement projects, our No-Closing-Cost Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) may be just what you need. A HELOC lets you tap into the equity of your home for whatever you need. You can easily access your funds with a HELOC Visa® with Rewards that can be used anywhere Visa® is accepted, plus you’ll earn rewards with every purchase.

With housing costs skyrocketing right now, home renovation projects have become more popular than ever. Many homeowners are looking for ways to improve their living spaces and increase the resale value of their property rather than buying something new. However, when it comes to renovating your home, it’s important to know what you can realistically accomplish yourself, and when you should call a professional.