Fixing Around the House: When Should You Call a Professional?

By: John Garcia | Date Posted: November 5, 2021

What do you know about fixing around the house? It’s a truth universally acknowledged that people love to fix things around the house. And if you’re one of those people, this article is for you. We’ll talk about when it might be worth calling in an expert and what to watch out for so that you can get back to fixing stuff as soon as possible! So when do you need to call in the professionals? Here are some common job types that might require hiring an expert.

HVAC Repair/Installation

When it comes to getting your HVAC system set up, there are a lot of decisions you have to make. You want to know what kind of unit is best for your budget and climate, how many units you can fit in your space, what vents will be most effective for where you live…It’s all very complicated, and as the technicians at explained it, that’s exactly why it makes sense to leave this job up to the pros! They’ll come into your home and provide recommendations for setup based on tested science instead of guesswork. Plus they’ll actually install everything for you! When was the last time you did that?

The reason you need to call a professional for HVAC repairs is that it’s not something you can do yourself. Installing an HVAC system typically isn’t something you can do by yourself, even though there are DIY options available.

Appliance Repair

It’s so satisfying to open up your washer and realize it’s just a belt that needs replacing. Then you get the thing back together in about three minutes with no issues! But when your washer is leaking or your dishwasher won’t clean dishes anymore, why not call in the pros? Even if you’re handy enough to do some research on whether they can fix it yourself, there may be hidden problems that aren’t obvious. And it might seem like an easy repair, but what happens next time something goes wrong? At least if you outsource this job, you’ll know exactly who to contact for future repairs.

This is because there are some things that just require a pro. For example, if your washing machine isn’t draining water properly, you may need to call a plumber because all the hoses could be clogged. When hiring a professional for your household appliance, it’s important to do your research so you know what the job entails and how much it’ll cost. You can find answers to these questions on websites like HomeAdvisor.

Plumbing Repair/Installation

Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who try to get plumbing jobs done themselves. And while some aspects of the profession may seem pretty straightforward (unclog a drain! fix a leaky faucet!), there are times when calling in a pro might be your best chance at success in time and money spent. A plumber will know how to install problems quickly and effectively so that you don’t have to deal with them in the future. Plus they’ll have the tools necessary to do an effective job without making too big of a mess!

It’s important to know when you need a professional for plumbing repairs and installations. For instance, if your sink is overflowing, don’t try to fix it yourself. In general, if you have any doubts about your ability to fix something on your own, hire a professional.

Electrician Repair/Installation

Electrician Repair/Installation

Much like you need to know how to install your own HVAC system, some people think they can do their own electrical work around the house. But there are certain power requirements that only an electrician should tangle with, not something you want to chance by trying to take care of everything yourself, especially when it comes to fixing things around the house. If you’re adding outlets or setting up new lighting fixtures, ask for help from an electrician before attempting anything on your own. You might even call multiple companies just so that you have options in case one company is busy.

If you are planning on doing any electrical work around your house, it is extremely important to hire a professional. For example, if you are unsure how to wire your home for an electrical circuit, call an electrician. If you are performing electrical work in your basement or near any water or gas pipes, it might be best to hire a professional.

Tree Service/Landscaping

In some cases, it might seem pretty obvious when you need to hire a landscaping or tree service company to take care of your trees for you. But there are other times when the decision isn’t quite that easy. Maybe a dead branch fell from one of your trees and broke a window, do you call someone in to fix it? How about if a storm topples a few more branches but they don’t actually damage anything? In these cases, it might be worth reaching out to an arborist for advice on what works best! The worst thing you can do is ignore your trees (or wait too long to call someone about them) and end up with an emergency on your hands.

One of the reasons to hire professionals for landscaping is because of the care and detail they give to your yard. A professional will know how to cut your lawn, trim your bushes, and maintain your garden. And don’t think that hiring a professional will be more expensive than doing it yourself. With some companies offering what they call “lawn care services” you can either pay an annual fee or buy a package for individual services (trimming, fertilizing).

General Contracting/Renovations

If you’re thinking of doing renovations or even just tackling a little bit of general contracting around the house, it might seem like this is one area where you could manage without hiring help. But there are so many things that can go wrong during these types of projects! For example, if you want to knock down walls in your home, do you know all of the proper permits required? What if something goes wrong during construction? Do you have liability insurance? You’ll need to hire a general contractor who can help you navigate these issues and more. That way, you can focus on the fun parts of renovations instead of all the headaches that come with it!

Fixing Around the House

When choosing a contractor to hire for your project, be sure to do your research. Check customer reviews and consider getting quotes from multiple companies. This way you’ll get an idea of who can do the job for you at an affordable price while also ensuring quality work. Remember there are some things that just aren’t worth risking when it comes to your home (and safety) so hiring the right professional is really key!

Thank you for reading!


John is the founder and chief editor of Homienjoy. With over 15 years of experience in the home improvement industry, John is passionate about helping homeowners confidently tackle their projects. Holding a civil engineering degree and working as a contractor, project manager, and consultant, John brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Homienjoy community.

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