It can be tempting to get up on the tiles and repair your roof yourself but it’s a job best left to the professionals. Aside from the fact that a botched job leaves your home open to water damage and pests, working on a roof is inherently dangerous.
“Most plumbing companies, if they work safely, will have two people on any roofing job and there will be safety equipment that will prevent them from falling off the roof,” says Anderson.
“Even gutter cleaning these days, there are so many companies that are doing it with equipment that allows them to do it from the ground for safety purposes.”
Roof slopes are often steeper than they look from the ground and homeowners can misjudge how slippery the tiles can be while also lacking the proper safety equipment.
If you’re ever doing any job around the house that requires you using a ladder, make sure you’re familiar with how to use the ladder safely – and when in doubt, call a tradesperson qualified in roofing instead for a job well done.
Whitegoods and other appliances
If you find your fridge leaking or your split system blowing smoke, call the manufacturer (if it’s still under warranty) or a tradesperson. By trying to fix it yourself, you could not only void the warranty but may impact your home's resale value (if it’s an inbuilt feature).
Some things you can do yourself, but home emergencies are not DIY.
So, you’ve designed a striking new layout for your cosy inner-city terrace to give it an open-plan living room at the rear, but there’s a pesky wall in the way. Put down the sledgehammer, because that wall you want gone could be load bearing, and one fell swing could bring the house down, literally.
Alternatively, it might have wires or utilities running through it. Contact a licensed builder to examine and knock down the wall instead.