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Whether you are a tenant or an owner, you know that in a home, there is always work to be done. Whether these works relate to the interior or exterior of your home, living rooms or water rooms, we often want to do as much ourselves to reduce the bill. What work to do yourself and what work to entrust to professionals? To find out, we took the time to visit Castorama and question their advisers.
Is it possible to do all the work yourself?
Even the most do-it-yourselfers cannot do all the work in a house. Certain tasks require the expertise of a professional or the handling of specific tools. Without knowledge, carrying out certain work can be dangerous for do-it-yourselfers as well as for the building.
What can we do without risk?
Without risk, or with little risk, you can carry out decoration work such as painting, installing a wall or floor covering, except tiling, installing a light fixture, etc. You can also do all the little tasks like creating a dressing room, installing a simple kitchen or even changing an electrical outlet. Outside, everything related to maintenance can be done. Only observe the basic safety instructions. Wear a helmet, gloves, protective glasses, secure your ladder ...
What to do by professionals?
Certain large-scale work must be carried out by professionals. For example, the electricity which must imperatively be in norms, all the plumbing works and all the works which require a guarantee like the change of a door or a window, the installation of a bathroom or a complex fitted kitchen. The facade renovations and the work carried out on the roof must also be carried out by professionals. They are equipped to ensure their security, unlike you.
Can we ask friends for help?
For small jobs, asking a friend for help may be helpful. But once again, important tasks should be left to the professionals. If you have a friend who is a professional, call on them while ensuring that the work is guaranteed. Attention: it is imperative to call on declared professionals! In the case of concealed work, you risk a heavy fine, namely € 45,000, and 3 years in prison.
Do you have any advice for us?
Today, thanks to the Internet, you can take advantage of numerous tutorials to do simple and less simple work yourself. Generally speaking, you have to trust yourself. If you feel that the work to be carried out is within your reach, follow the safety instructions and get started! If you think the task is too difficult, call a professional. Keep all quotes and invoices for your work. Make sure they are done correctly and protect yourself with your home insurance.