It is easy for homeowners to get caught up in the world of do-it-yourself blogs and Pinterest. While unique, custom projects can be a great way to personalize or spruce up your home, some projects are just better left to professional contractors. Next time a friend or client has a brilliant idea to attempt one of these projects on their own, let them know why some things are best when left in the hands of pros!
2. Pool Repair or Installation
Both above and in-ground pools are difficult to repair without special tools and products. While simple projects around the pool are fine to do yourself, repairing cracks in the foundation or re-modeling your pool is something that a professional is better equipped for. The same goes for pool installation. You may think that you are saving money by installing a swimming pool by yourself, but installing a vinyl or fiberglass pool is a very big job.
4. Removing a Wall
It may seem like a great idea to knock down a small wall on a rainy weekend at your home, but it is not as easy as it appears. Who hasn't thought about knocking down that kitchen wall to create a bigger living room space????? If any wall is load-bearing or supports any part of the house, or it holds electrical or plumbing, you could cause serious damage to the structure of your home.
Popular Mechanics( should be underlined) recommends consulting with a building engineer before attempting to knock down a wall. A building engineer can give you advice on the best way to remove the wall and let you know if any special permits are needed. If you are going to try it yourself be sure to go through this checklist http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-a-Wall-is-Load-Bearing
I would be happy to recommend professionals to do any of these jobs in the Lake George area.
Susan K. Young
14007 State Route 22
Post Office Box 51
Clemons, NY 12819