Practical and Sensible Home Improvements That You Can’t DIY
When you start on a DIY journey, it can be very easy to get swept up in what you’re doing and want to DIY your entire home. This is fine if you are tackling an empty building or flipping a property that you don’t currently live in, but if you’re working on your personal residence, it can cause a few issues. There are some jobs that if you don’t get right first time, can cause serious issues for your property and your wallet, which is why sometimes it’s best to get the professionals on hand.
With this in mind, here are some worthwhile home improvements that you may want to DIY but should probably ask an experienced tradesman to help out with instead.
Security Improvements and Door Replacements
At first glance, making changes to your door seems like an easy DIY job. Changing a door doesn’t require much technical skill and if you’re working on internal doors, that is a fine attitude to have. However, if you are looking at changing your external door, or the locks on your external doors, then you might want to reconsider doing it yourself.
Whilst the technical skills required can be minimal, external doors play a major role in your property’s security. Making a mistake could be the difference between your property being susceptible to theft or not, especially if you are changing your locks. Some locks conform to security standards and others don’t, which can then affect your insurance. Insurance claims can be invalidated if you have changed your doors independently and made an error during installation. Considering this, it makes sense to get a professional in to change any locks or external door specifications.
When it comes to practical home improvements, there are few as effective as basement conversions. Without an effective conversion, basements are simply wasted storage space, so finding the time and funds to turn your underground room into a useful area is a great investment. However, it’s important to note that converting a basement is a complex process which varies in specification based on your property’s needs.
For example, one of the first points to consider is waterproofing your basement, also known as basement tanking. Without basement tanking, you can expect your underground environment to be damp and humid, which means mold will grow on the walls and you’ll have to limit the number of electrical appliances in use. With basement tanking, you can unlock your space’s real potential, though there are different methods of waterproofing which are suited to different soils, house structures and water tables.
These considerations are especially important in older cities. Basement tanking in London is particularly popular due to the age of the properties and the range of basement specifications. Taking this into consideration, doing it yourself could easily go wrong and will still be very expensive, so asking a professional is both sensible and necessary.
Window Replacements and Upgrades
Windows seem like quite simple structures, just panes of glass in a frame, but the truth is that they are much more complex than you’d initially think. Changing a window, depending on the materials used in the frame, isn’t the hardest thing to do but much like the doors, getting it right is important.
Windows serve as both a security risk and a barrier to the elements, which is why installing them incorrectly can cause problems. Without the right attention to detail, faulty windows can be pried open and leave your home susceptible to theft, whilst loose seals result in draughty rooms that are always cold. In most occasions, getting it right the first time will save you time and money in the future so again, trust a professional to get it done.
It’s easy to get into a rhythm and DIY everything in your home, but be sure to consider what’s at risk if you get it wrong. Again, if you’re working on an empty property then you can usually risk doing it yourself, but there’s no point in taking risks with a lived-in residence. Hire a professional when it’s needed.