For Many Of Us, Do It Yourself Repairs (DIY) In Our Homes Can Be A Solution For Issues Big And Small
Whether to save money or take advantage of personal skills to make improvements and add value, or just because you’re up to the challenge. At Park Tower we’ve seen everything from the simple to the very complicated. Minor carpentry, plumbing and electrical work, to cabinetry and flooring installations, and even full blown remodeling.
However, unnecessary errors and poor planning can put an Owner, their neighbors and the building at risk. Recently an Owner took on some electrical work that resulted in damage to a main breaker and created a very real fire hazard. Thankfully it worked out – the breaker system fail-safed as it should and our team coordinated the necessary repairs. In the past, an owner replacing a bathroom faucet led to 4 inches of water pooling in the unit and doing extensive damage in a neighboring unit below. Similarly, an Owner attempting to install a washer and dryer on their own resulted in leaking and flooding in multiple units.
This underscores the need for Owners to use extreme caution and plan thoroughly when considering doing work themselves. Particularly when it comes to activities that are more high risk such as plumbing and electrical work.
So here are some tips to help you proceed if you are considering a DIY project in your home:
Of course, besides the care, concern and precaution needed for your neighbors and the building itself, Owners personal safety is a priority concern as well. I found the following article online from ‘This Old House’ which covers some of the more in-the-moment precautions and preparations that should be considered: Safety Tips For Home DIY Projects
Thinking about any such project, DIY or otherwise, start with the Construction and Remodeling Packet, then reach out to our team. Let us know what you’re planning or thinking and we’ll help you take it from there.