The Worst Home DIY Advice You Should Never Listen To

It’s no secret that owning a home is expensive. There are basic costs like your mortgage, property taxes, and insurance, and the additional costs of maintenance and upkeep. When it comes to needing work done to your property, you might even consider avoiding a pricey contractor by embracing your inner Chip Gaines and attempting to DIY a few repairs and updates. But ultimately that might not be in your best interest.

With all the information available on the internet, there’s no shortage of advice on how to accomplish a multitude of projects. Some of them may not even seem all that difficult, especially if you have some experience as a DIYer. As hard as it may be to accept it, there really are some projects best left to the pros because the slightest mistake could be disastrous for you and affect how much you sell your property for down the road. This is the worst home DIY advice you should never listen to.

1. You don’t need to get permits

Contractor holding building plans
Contractor holding remodel plans | Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post/Getty Images

Some people may see it as a way to cut (or avoid) costs, but not getting the proper permits can cause more trouble than you think. Building permits serve as a way to ensure work is being done properly and safely and being caught without one could mean a hefty fine. While permit regulations vary depending on where your property is located, they’re very often required for any plumbing, electrical, or HVAC work.

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