ZILLOW BLOG: When it Pays to Call in the Pros

By Zillow Blog

We’re in a DIY age where real estate TV shows, magazines, even television channels are solely dedicated to do-it-yourself home improvement. While tackling home projects on your own can help save money, it can also end up costing you more if your lack of experience ends up creating damage that wasn’t there in the first place.

Before you grab a wrench and don your old jeans, consider your experience, your time, and whether calling the pros could be worth it in the long run.

Here’s a few times when calling a professional is a better idea than taking care of a project yourself:

Plumber: There’s a steep learning curve here. While it’s relatively easy to replace a faucet, or even tighten a pipe below the sink, once you get beyond that, it’s highly recommended that you call in someone who knows what they’re doing.
Call a plumber if:

* You are unable to unclog a drain or toilet after several attempts. This could be a serious blockage in the sewer or main line.

* You have a problem with the gas line, water pump, or water heater. All three are very sensitive and possibly dangerous if handled in the wrong way.

* You have busted, cracked or damaged pipes.

Electrician: Few homeowners feel comfortable doing anything beyond installing a light fixture. Handling electrical lines are obviously dangerous, so call an electrician if:

* Lights are dimming, which could mean a problem with voltage

* You need any rewiring done or would like to install a new outlet

* There is anything you feel uncomfortable doing. This is a safety issue more than anything else.

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