Your Money Matters: Home repair – DIY or call a pro?

Rik Nonelle

Neighborly
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Tips:

Safe to DIY
Patching drywall:  Scrape away loose debris from holes or dents and cover with fast-drying spackle.  Once the the spackle is dried, then smooth with sanding device and then paint over drywall.

Cleaning the air conditioner condenser unit:
Cleaning is essential for an efficient and healthy air conditioning system. Check the filters and change when necessary. This will ensure the air in the home is clean and the unit isn’t working any harder than it must.

Repairing toilet hardware:
Pieces like seals, chains or clogs can become faulty or quit working, but can be easily replaced. If the toilet feels wobbly or the seat comes loose, there are DIY kits available at local hardware stores that include necessary tools and parts to repair.

Call in a Pro
Adding or converting electrical outlets:
The addition of wiring to add outlets or converting existing outlets to GFCI outlets should be handled by a professional due to the risk of electrocution. An electrician can properly space outlets and safely conduct all work.

Repairing or replacing any HVAC unit:
HVAC units are technical, use a large amount of voltage electricity and require the use of specialized tools, so these jobs are best tackled by the pros.

Remodeling renovations that require plumbing alterations:
Permits are often needs to move or expand plumbing. A professional will be familiar with the local handling of permits and building codes. A plumber will examine the current plumbing to ensure connections are done properly and correctly.