I love the idea of an independent homeowner. However, before diving into your DIY repairs, here are a few common places where a pro might be cheaper than doing it yourself in the long run.
Cutting down large trees. If you have the right tools and can do so safely, it may be perfectly OK to cut your own trees. But check with local regulations first. If you cut a tree and it causes an accident or damage, you may be liable.
Replacing an electrical panel. Again, if you have the knowledge and tools, you may be able to do it. However, this is one household improvement you probably shouldn’t do yourself, given that you may need a permit, and it needs to be done to code.
Replacing your stove. You can probably manage replacing an electric stove with another electric stove, but it might be harder to replace an electric stove with a gas stove. That is best done by a licensed professional.
Removing a wall. You may like the idea of an open living space, but if you remove a supporting wall, you’ll have more open space than you bargained for if your ceiling collapses. If you want to do it yourself, first have a contractor confirm it’s not a supporting wall.
Replacing a water heater. Replacing one is a simple matter if you have the right tools and know-how. You need to make sure you’re running the right-sized electrical wiring for the load required by the new heater. You’ll also need to be comfortable working with a gas line if it’s a gas heater.
Making roof repairs. This isn’t necessarily difficult, but it is dangerous. Roof falls are one of the more common household injuries. From adjusting satellite dishes to fixing roof tiles, it pays to have the right safety gear on.