10 Home Projects Only Pros Should Do

Here are 10 home projects homeowners should always hire a professional to do.

Additions and Major Remodelsgoodluz/Shutterstock

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Additions and Major Remodels

When planning an addition or home remodeling project, time is money and the more time spent on the project, the more it will cost a homeowner in the long run. While DIYers may be tempted to do the project themselves to save money, they'd never want to find themselves in the middle of a project unsure of what to do next. This is especially true if they run into a problem, or worse, lose motivation and never get the job done. These are the situations when hiring a pro is the smart move.

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Mold, Asbestos and Lead RemovalD_Townsend/Shutterstock

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Mold, Asbestos and Lead Removal

If a wet basement develops mold or an older home has asbestos or lead, hiring a pro for removal is often the best solution. And all three can be harmful if ingested and a professional will ensure all three are completely removed, properly and safely.

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Driveway Repaving

Driveway repaving can be a difficult home project for a DIYer because to do it properly the surface must be level or they'll end up with a cracked, crumbling driveway. They can certainly do some driveway patching. But when it comes time to repave, hiring a pro who has the proper tools to do it right will save homeowners money in the long run.

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Foundation Workkomkrit Preechachanwate/Shutterstock

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Foundation Work

A home's stability relies on a proper foundation. If a foundation is cracked, crumbling or in need of some repairs, repairing it is probably not a DIY home project.

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Window Installation

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Window Installation

Window replacement seems easy—just place a new window in the space where the old one was. Except, it's a lot more than that. There are some window repair projects that can be done by a DIYer. However, when it comes to installing new windows, a pro will ensure the windows fit properly so heated or cooled indoor air stays inside. Homeowners pay a lot for good windows, so knowing they are installed properly is worth the investment.

Tree RemovalKratka Photography/Shutterstock

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Tree Removal

There's a good chance that removing the big tree in a yard is not a DIY home project. While DIYers can certainly remove smaller trees, a professional tree trimmer should be called in for both trimming and removal of large trees. And since the pros have the proper equipment for reaching high branches and can bring down a large tree safely. Homeowners should never climb up a tree with a chainsaw thinking they can handle the work themselves.

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Major Electrical WorkSyda Productions/Shutterstock

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Major Electrical Work

When it comes to electrical work, there are certain projects that can be done by DIYers such as connecting old wiring to a new light fixture. However, any major electrical projects—such as running new wiring to an addition—should be done by a licensed electrician. It's best to just hire a pro.

Plumbing Repairirin-k/Shutterstock

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Plumbing Repair

There are certainly many plumbing projects that can be tackled by a DIYer. But major plumbing work, such as replacing all of water pipes or dealing with a water main, should be done by a licensed professional. The last thing a homeowner wants is flooding or water damage caused by improperly installed or replaced pipes.

Roof Repairsforestpath/Shutterstock

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Roof Repairs

While a DIYer may be able to replace shingles on a roof alone, a professional roofer will have the experience and tools necessary to handle major roof repairs. Not only is it easy to get injured doing roof work, a pro roofer can likely finish the project quicker than any DIYer.

Major Pest InfestationsAndrey_Popov/Shutterstock

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Major Pest Infestations

Squirrels in an attic or termites eating away at a home is a situation best left for a pro. There are some DIY remedies homeowners can try for minor infestations, but sometimes a professional is the only one who can get to the root of the problem. And a pest professional can find out where the culprits are getting in and eliminate them for good.

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Originally Published on The Family Handyman