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5 Home Improvements That Are Not DIY Friendly

5 Home Improvements That Are Not DIY Friendly

General advice says that you can save some money by taking on some of your home improvement projects yourself. HGTV tells you that there is nothing you cannot do to improve your home. That may be true of projects like painting, pressure washing, and gutter cleaning. However, there are home improvement projects that are better left to the professionals.

Check out five home improvements that are not just not DIY friendly, but can actually be more expensive when you do them yourself.

1. Anything You Need a Permit For

There are a substantial number of home improvement projects that require permits from the city, and the full list often depends on the ordinances in your local area. Generally speaking, anytime you need to break or move ground, you require a permit.

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Too many DIY-lovers skip the permit stage altogether, and that gets expensive if a neighbor tattles on your or an inspect happens to notice. It is also problematic if the work is being done to help sell your house. Homeowners are required to list unpermitted work upon selling. Not getting that permit can negate the money you saved on doing yourself in costs later. Basically, if your project requires you to apply for a permit, seek a professional to get the right permits and do the work for you.

2. Roofing

Roofing is a relatively easy project, especially compared to plumbing or electrical work. Nailing asphalt shingles to a flat surface does not require a huge amount of technical know-how. However, roofing is best left to the professionals simply because of the sheer scale of the project.

Think about it. You have been standing on your roof, and working hard for several hours. It is hot, and you are tired. You are also not completely confident when walking on the roof. Not only is it more likely that it will take you substantially longer to re-roof your house than a professional, but you are also more likely to fall and injure yourself during the project. Any work requiring more than nailing a few shingles down should be handed over to the professionals. It will cost more upfront, but generally speaking, a roofing contractor costs less money than an orthopedic surgeon.

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2. Removing a Wall

Open living plans are all the rage in modern home architecture, and homeowners with older properties are often tempted to remove some of the seemingly needless walls to make their home feel bigger and brighter. Tempting as that may be, do not do it.

Some of the walls in your home may be blocking light from reaching dark corners, but they may also be load bearing walls that support the ceiling in your home. Knocking down a load bearing wall without replacing the support ends in disaster. There is no question that your ceiling will come crashing down. Rather, it is just a question of when it will happen. When it does, it will cost more to fix than asking a professional which wall is suitable to remove.

4. Plumbing Projects

Anyone who has tried to remodel a kitchen or bathroom knows that plumbing can be prohibitively expensive for any project. Most of those people have also weighed the costs of doing the plumbing work themselves. Replacing the showerhead, hooking up a sink, and installing a washing machine are all jobs that you can complete on your own with the right tools and a good instruction manual. However, any time you need to touch a water supply line, or move a pipe to install an appliance, you need to call a plumber.

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Not knowing what you are doing can result in small mistakes that quickly result in huge disasters. Even creating a small leak in a pipe can cause a huge amount of water damage to your home if you do not have the experience to notice, not to mention the fact that a big mistake can result in a fire or flood.

5. Gas Related Projects

Installing a new gas stove is one of those project that should always, always, always be done by a professional. Connecting a stove to a gas pipe seems simple enough. You need a wrench, a pipe, and two thunks to get it done. But, use the wrong materials, or even under-tighten one of the nuts, and you can cause a gas leak. Gas leaks are dangerous because not only are you breathing in gas, but gas leaks often result in explosions, which can kill you and anyone in the general area.

All homeowners should have essential DIY skills for saving extra cash on small projects. Part of this knowledge includes knowing when to call in the cavalry and get professional work done for projects that are not DIY friendly.

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Featured photo credit: Scott Lewis via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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