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Home Improvement Projects you Should Avoid

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Most homebuyers will have some interest in DIY, and once you get started it can be tempting to carry out all your own home improvements! However, there are some jobs that are best left to the professionals.

If you’re considering renovating your Squamish property we recommend taking a look over this list of improvement projects that are best left well alone.

Roof repairs

Your roof is one of the most important structural aspects of your property and any repairs should always be left to the professionals. It’s not just about the danger in performing repairs at height and potentially falling, but more about creating additional damage to the roof through amateurish work. This could lead to leaks and water damage in the walls and ceiling which is incredibly costly to undo.

Electrical repairs

Electrical repairs can be incredibly complex and dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s not just as simple as turning off the power at the fuse box and wearing rubber gloves – there is always the risk of electrocution, short circuits, and even electrical fires.

Things like replacing your electrical panel and installing a ground fault circuit interrupter, should all be left to licensed professionals.

Major plumbing repairs

A leaky faucet, clogged drain, or running toilet bowl are all relatively simple, beginner-friendly jobs that you can take care of yourself. However, when it comes to major plumbing repairs, such as anything involving the dismantling of pipes, it’s best left to experts.

Improper pipe insulation or loose fixtures can lead to water leaks, resulting in property damage that will end up costing more than a plumber ever would have.

Gas line repairs

As a general rule, you should leave anything involving gas up to the professionals. Errors here can be life threatening and are just not worth the hassle. If you notice the smell of gas in your kitchen, don’t try to find the source yourself, or seal any leaks, just call the gas company immediately.

Large appliance installation

Small appliances are all fairly self-explanatory, however things like HVAC or anything that involves drilling holes in walls, or proper installation fixtures are best left to experts.

Similarly dishwashers, ovens, hobs, and any other built-in appliances are worth consulting a professional with, as fitting them yourself can lead to improper functioning.

Window installation

Anything that involves windows generally exceeds the ability of most DIYers. Installation requires exact measurements and maneuvering around electrical wiring, breaking walls, and correct insulation.

These combined factors make it a very difficult job to carry out yourself, in addition to the risk of breaking the pane and cutting yourself.

Asbestos and lead removal

During renovations of older properties it is very common to discover the presence of asbestos or lead. Never attempt to remove this yourself and always consult qualified professionals who will ensure that all safety precautions are taken.


For information on Squamish professionals who can help with your home renovation, get in touch with one of our local Realtors who will happily provide you with recommendations.