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    Home Ownership 101: 5 Repair Jobs You Should Leave to the Professionals

    DIY is a great way to save money on tasks that need completing around the home and teach yourself a new skill. You can tackle so many things when it comes to home DIY projects regardless of your expertise levels. After all, practice makes perfect, and you will never get better unless you practice. That being said, there are times it pays to use the services of a professional. Certain tasks require a more in-depth knowledge base and skill set than you can pick via YouTube tutorials. As a guide, you need to call in professionals to deal with the following tasks.

     

     

    Roofing

    Anything that requires qualified roofers or gutter installation companies should handle more work than clearing a blocked gutter. This is due to the conditions of the work included and the fact you are working at height. Not only this, failure to carry out proper roof repairs can lead to more damage and bigger issues down the line.

    Selective Focus Photo of Brown Roof Shingles

    Gas

    Anything that involves work being carried out around gas is one of the most important jobs that a trained gas engineer needs crying out for. They have specialist knowledge and training, allowing them to shut off and isolate your gas supply to carry out any work needed; this includes a boiler that runs off gas, central heating, or gas cooker installation. Gas is a highly volatile substance, and there is a very high risk of damage or death associated with gas repairs, especially when carried out by persons who aren’t qualified.

    Wiring

    It’s a no-brainer on this one. If you do it yourself without prior knowledge of electrical work, you  risk electrocution, changing the cables’ polarity, and losing power to *or burning down!) the entire house. This is another project that frequently needs a permit and, in some cases, an inspection, so leave it to the electricians.

     

    Crop faceless electrician using pliers for installation sockets and switches in new apartment

    Bath Installations and Plumbing

    If you are putting a new bath in, you should really ensure that this is fitted properly. Depending on how the bath is being fitted, your contractor will make sure it is fully sealed and settled before you use it. This usually means balancing the weight with water in the bathtub to ensure the fit is right for when the tub is in use.

     

     

    While clogged sinks and bathtub drains are simple to clean, anything more than that should be left to the specialists. This means you should never attempt to repair a mainline beneath the sink, install a shower or toilet, or rework the plumbing on your own. A leak, if mishandled, can result in dangerous mold, rotting wood, structural damage, and other issues that are far more expensive than calling a plumber in the first place.

    Internal Walls

    What could be simpler than tearing down a wall? It’s possible that the wall supports another part of the house or contains electrical wiring or plumbing. The structure of your property could be seriously damaged if you rip down a wall like this. Furthermore, special permissions are sometimes necessary for this type of work, and failing to obtain one could result in a large fine. If you insist on doing it yourself, consult a building engineer for guidance unique to your circumstances.

     

    Chip and Joanna Gaines return for a fifth season on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper.'

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    While Chip and Joanna can make any job look doable, the truth is there are times when expert help is needed. Are you a DIY’er or do you call in the pros to be on the safe side? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!
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    Cleaning, Organizing, and Life Hacks, Summer

    Home Ownership 101: How to Deal with Bird Issues

    It’s always good to encourage wildlife into your garden and it’s nice to have lots of birds singing when you wake up in the morning. But could the birds in your garden be causing a home maintenance nightmare? People don’t think about the potential damage that birds can do to your home, but it’s important to consider. There are a few different ways that birds could damage your home, especially the roof, and if you don’t manage the issue, the repairs will be very expensive. These are some of the potential home maintenance issues caused by birds in the garden. 

     

    Close Photography on Blue White and Grey Feathered Bird

    Clogged Gutters 

    Keeping your gutters free of debris is one of the most basic home maintenance tasks you need to do. If they get clogged up, the water sits instead of draining away and it will start leaking into your home, doing a lot of damage. Usually, birds nest in trees but if there are no trees nearby, they might decide to make their home in your gutter instead. You can stop birds from nesting in gutters by clearing them out regularly and you can also use gutter guards to stop them from getting in there in the first place. 

    Acidic Droppings

    You might not realize that bird droppings are very acidic and this can do a lot of damage to roofing materials. If you let the droppings sit for too long, the roof will degrade and you will need to call out a roof services company to make repairs for you. However, you can prevent damage by cleaning the roof on a regular basis to remove the droppings. This can be quite dangerous so you might want to consider hiring a professional roof cleaning company from time to time. 

    Chimney Problems 

    Birds that normally like to nest in hollow trees may see your chimney as a great alternative. This can be a big problem if you have a wood burning fire in the home. The nests attached to the side of the chimney will block the airflow, meaning that smoke and carbon monoxide will stay in the home instead of being ventilated outside. Over time, this can lead to a serious health hazard. 

    Pests 

    Keeping pests out of the home can be tough, but you need to stay on top of them because they can do a lot of damage. There are all sorts of pests that try to invade your home including bugs. Birds often carry pests like lice, fleas, ticks and even bed bugs. If there are a lot of birds nesting around the home, you drastically increase the chances of a pest infestation. 

     

    Having birds in the garden is great and you should still encourage them but it’s all about finding a balance. You need to keep up with preventative maintenance to stop them from damaging the roof and gutters or bringing pests inside. If you are having trouble with birds, you may need to call in a pest control specialist to help you manage the issue.

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    Furnishing Your New Dream Home on a Budget: Checklist to Consider

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    Hello dear readers and welcome back for another post in my Home Ownership 101 Series. People often ask how I have achieved such a beautifully furnished home with “expensive antiques” and a high end look on a “teacher budget.” The fact is, I never let being on a limited budget dictate how I wanted my house to look. Instead I have always found budget friendly ways to achieve the decor look I wanted for less. Over the years I have made frugal purchases by shopping yard sales, thrift shops and consignment stores as well as many DIY makeovers on furniture and decor. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links. Read more

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    Home Staging: Getting Your Home Ready For An Open House

     

    You’ve made the decision to sell your home. That’s exciting news! Before you begin the process of attracting potential buyers to your home, you may want to stop and first ask yourself if your home is ready to be seen by the masses. Many homebuyers in today’s market are searching for a house that’s ready for you to live in right away. They don’t want to go through the hassle of making a lot of changes before moving in their furniture. Simply put, they want a house that feels like their home as soon as they walk in the door.*This post contains affiliate links. Read more

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