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Top 10 Home Improvement Jobs You Shouldn't DIY

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While DIY projects can be rewarding and cost-effective, some home improvement tasks require professional expertise to ensure safety and compliance with local building codes. Here are ten home improvement jobs that are best left to professionals, ranging from complex electrical work to structural modifications.

1. Electrical Rewiring

Rewiring your home involves replacing old or faulty electrical cables, outlets, and switches. Due to the high risk of electrocution and fire, and the intricate knowledge of electrical systems required, this job should always be done by a licensed electrician.

2. Gas Appliance Installation

Installing or modifying gas lines and appliances, such as stoves or furnaces, poses serious risks of leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning if not done correctly. Always hire a certified gas fitter for these tasks.

3. Roofing Repairs or Replacement

Roof work is not only technically challenging but also dangerous due to the risk of falls. Professional roofers have the necessary equipment and training to safely and effectively repair or replace roof materials.

4. Plumbing for New Pipes or Major Repairs

While fixing a leaky tap might be within the reach of avid DIYers, installing new plumbing lines or undertaking major repairs requires a professional plumber to ensure there are no leaks that could lead to water damage or mould growth.

5. Structural Changes

Any job that involves altering the structure of your home, like removing load-bearing walls, requires the expertise of a structural engineer and a qualified contractor to ensure the integrity of the building.

6. Window Installation

Properly installing windows involves more than just fitting the window into a space. It requires precise sealing and insulation to ensure energy efficiency, which is best handled by experienced professionals.

7. HVAC Installation and Repairs

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are complex and require detailed knowledge to install and maintain. Improper installation can lead to inefficiency and increased energy costs, making professional installation essential.

8. Asbestos Removal

In older homes, asbestos might be found in ceilings, insulation, or floor tiles. Its removal poses significant health risks and requires special equipment and procedures. Always use licensed professionals for asbestos abatement.

9. Major Landscaping and Excavations

Significant landscaping projects that require changes to the natural terrain or the installation of underground systems (like irrigation) should be carried out by experienced landscapers to avoid issues like poor drainage or structural damage.

10. Chemical Pest Extermination

While over-the-counter pest control solutions exist, chemical extermination of pests like termites, bed bugs, or rodents often involves pesticides that are harmful if not handled correctly. Pest control professionals are trained in safely applying these chemicals.


While it’s tempting to tackle home improvement projects on your own, safety, legality, and efficiency are paramount. For these ten tasks, hiring a professional not only ensures that the work is done right but also protects your home’s value and your family’s safety. By choosing the right expert for each job, you can save time and avoid the significant risks associated with complex DIY projects.

Considering DIY for major home improvements? Think again. For tasks like roofing, plumbing, or structural changes, it’s crucial to involve professionals.

Contact us now to ensure these projects are handled safely and correctly, protecting both your home and your family.


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A little about us

Craig Stott Installations Ltd is a dedicated team of home improvement specialists, passionate about transforming living spaces. Specialising in bathroom and wet room installations, tiling, and general plumbing, we bring over a decade of expertise to every project. Founded on the principles of quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction, our approach is tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. From the initial consultation to the final touches, we ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience. Our skilled team, led by Craig Stott, includes professionals in design, installation, and project management, supported by cutting-edge technology and a commitment to excellence.