|A do-it-yourself project can be an empowering way to save money, provided you know what you’re doing. But making even one simple mistake could put a strain on your back or your bank account. Often, it’s best to put safety first and call a professional. Here are four types of home improvement projects that are best left to the experts.
1. Plumbing or electrical projects — There’s a reason these are skilled trades. Both systems are complex, no matter how straightforward a repair may initially appear. Even small leaks can cause serious water damage, and faulty electrical wiring can lead to a house fire. Don’t risk flooding or electric shock. Call a plumber or hire an electrician to make sure these jobs are done right the first time.
2. Renovations with possible code violations — Structural changes require a licensed contractor. Not only can shoddy craftsmanship severely affect your home’s value, but it can also put your family in danger. Accidentally removing a load-bearing wall, for example, could cause an entire room to collapse. Why take the risk?
3. Repairs involving heights — More than 130,000 ladder-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. Whether you’re looking at a roof repair or trimming a tree, consider calling a professional before attempting to complete the job yourself.
4. Time-sensitive projects — Weigh your work and family commitments before embarking on a home improvement project. Even if you’re confident in your abilities, the added pressure of a tight deadline can lead to unnecessary and often dangerous mistakes.
Remember, just because a DIY project looks simple doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and call a professional.
Contemporary Mediterranean Townhome
Westwood – Century City
3 bed | 4 bath | 2678 Sqft | 6501 Lot | Offered for $1,449,000
This beautiful Contemporary Mediterranean townhome opens with a dramatic 2-story light-filled foyer entry with soaring ceiling. A spacious open floor plan includes living room with fireplace and generous dining area opening to a large patio with BBQ. An additional living area offers a generous open space off the kitchen perfect for casual dining, media and family room. A Chef’s kitchen features stainless steel Viking appliances, granite counters, and ample cabinetry. A guest bath and laundry room complete this level. The upper level offers a double door entry Master suite with fireplace, terrace, large walk-in closet and beautiful spa quality bath with soaking tub, double vanity, and large shower. Two add’l bedrooms with private baths and walk-in closets complete this level. Secure gated parking with two tandem parking spaces plus storage space.Conveniently located within minutes of Westfield Century City, Westwood/UCLA, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, excellent shopping!
Prime Spanish Gem
4 bed | 2 bath | 2,848 Sqft |5957 Lot | Offered for $1,977,000
Beautiful character details abound throughout this hillside Spanish style home with ocean shimmer views on a clear day! A foyer entry opens to step down living room with wood burning fireplace, beamed ceiling and balcony. The formal dining room with picture windows enjoys tree-top views and leads to a beautifully updated kitchen complete with custom wood cabinetry, mahogany and soapstone counters, and stainless steel appliances. A side door entry offers perfect indoor-outdoor flow to the patio and yard. Two bedrooms, updated period-style large bath and office complete this level. The second (lower) level includes a large media room with fireplace, two bedrooms, gorgeous updated full bath, and gym/bonus room opens to the patio and yard. At the yard level there is a work-room/creative space plus an additional separate large bonus room great for anything you need more space for! Perfect for yoga, meditation, art studio or playroom. Ivanhoe Elementary (must verify availability).