4 Remodeling Projects You Shouldn’t Try Yourself

DIY projects to avoid at home

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There are a lot of guys out there who are good at working with their hands. Then, there are the rest of us. Regardless of which category you fall into, however, there are a few home improvement projects you should probably leave to a professional. Below, we’ve shared a list of these projects, courtesy of Rosie Amodio for Realtor.com. Good luck!

  1. Molding: If you’re looking to add some crown molding to class up a room, Amodio says it’s important to know that no walls are perfectly straight and “no amount of caulk will smooth over these imperfections.” Amodio says an expert can use a technique such as scribing in which the material is “painstakingly shaped” with tools to make sure its flush to ensure the moldings are aligned and remain that way.

  2. Floor refinishing: Amodio says sanding machines require the right touch and should be handled by a professional. Sanding one spot a few seconds too long, she says, could result in drum marks on the floor that will be tough to cover up.

  3. Electrical work: Amodio says that while you may be handy, it’s best to steer clear of all electric except changing a light bulb. Each year, more than 400 people die from faulty electricity, so this type of work probably isn’t worth the risk.

  4. Tiling: Amodio writes that a great-looking tile job “does require a lot more planning than just slapping squares on the floor or wall.” Outside of laying out the tile, measuring, and measuring again, you have to be able to cut around edges, toilets, and faucets. To avoid mistakes (and a lot of waste), Amodio says it’s best to bring in a pro.

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