A do-it-yourself approach for home improvement projects may reduce your initial costs — but for certain jobs, the risks far outweigh any potential savings. If any of these projects are on your to-do list, call in the pros - unless you’ve got plenty of related experience.
1. Roof replacementRoofing is extremely hard and dangerous work. Any upfront savings you might get with a DIY roof replacement could easily be eclipsed by the costs of making expensive mistakes or causing dangerous accidents. Aside from having the skills and tools needed to do a decent job, you’ll also need to climb ladders, lift heavy materials and navigate a steeply pitched surface high above the ground all the while braving the elements. Ice. Snow. Wind. A few of the dangers include:
- Severe injury or death: Roofers face among the highest risks of work-related injuries and fatalities of any profession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and that’s for trained professionals. In addition to possible slips and falls from significant heights, there’s also risk of burns from hot asphalt (a petroleum-based roofing material) and electric shock from accidentally touching power lines.
- Warranty issues: Manufacturer warranties for roofing materials may cover workmanship for a limited time if the materials are installed by qualified contractors, but they generally don’t cover DIY installation.
- Costly damage: Improper material choice or installation may damage the roof — and if water leaks in, your home’s ceilings, walls, flooring, furnishings and wiring will suffer too.
2. Mold removalEveryone’s cleaned up a bit of mold at some point, and even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gives the green light on DIY mold removal for areas under 10 square feet. But once mold infestation becomes widespread, it might become necessary to open up walls, lift up carpeting or take out fixtures to fully remove it and clean and dry the space thoroughly. A DIY approach in this case means risking:
- Mold exposure: Contact with mold may cause asthmatic reactions, sore throat, skin reactions, allergic reactions, eye and nasal irritation, cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and other lung issues. This is especially a concern if you don’t have access to the proper protective gear. During our COVID-19 pandemic, N95 respirator masks — which offer protection from exposure to mold and other particles — have been largely unavailable for public purchase.
- Harsh chemical exposure: Chemical cleaners commonly used to kill mold are also harmful to lungs, eyes, nasal passages, throats and skin.
- Making the problem worse: Improper removal or sealing may release mold spores into the air. If spores get into HVAC systems, mold will blow throughout the house. DIYers may also miss mold lurking in unexpected places like crawl spaces or flooring, which could lead to further damage.
- Incomplete cleanup: Not properly cleaning up after the job may leave traces of mold behind that will just grow back again. Yikes!
3. Toilet replacementTo install a new toilet, you’ll have to shut off the water; disconnect, drain and remove the old toilet; and seal and connect the new one. That’s a manageable task for someone with basic plumbing knowledge. But if you’re a DIY newbie, it’s trickier. Some risks include:
- Injury: A toilet can weigh about 100 pounds and is awkward to handle. Homeowners may become injured lifting or carrying the toilet.
- Fumes: Sewage gasses are odorous, unhealthy and potentially flammable. Failing to stuff a rag in the exposed drain pipe after the old toilet is removed may expose you to dangerous fumes — especially in poorly ventilated spaces. (And forgetting to remove the rag before seating the new toilet will cause a very disturbing plumbing issue.)
- Toilet damage: Improper installation, over-tightening connections or simply dropping the toilet may cause serious damage.
- Leaks and mold: If the base isn’t sealed properly, water can leak into the floor, damaging and weakening the area while creating just the right conditions for mold and mildew growth. More problems, no thank you!
4. Window replacementReplacing drafty old windows can reduce your utility bills — but only if it’s done correctly. Installing a window is a meticulous process, and any mistakes may leave your home unexpectedly vulnerable to the elements. Other pitfalls include:
- Injury: Windows are heavy and fragile, bringing risk of injuries from broken glass and lifting. Falls from ladders are also a concern, along with harming passersby if a window falls out to the street.
- Poor energy efficiency: Improper fit or sealing can result in drafts, air leaks and higher energy bills.
- Water damage: A poor seal could allow water leaks that damage your home’s wood, drywall and even wiring.
- Home damage: You could accidentally hit a plumbing or electrical line.
- Warranty issues: Installing your own windows improperly may void all or part of the manufacturer’s warranty.Choosing less-expensive materials reduces upfront costs. And if you’re switching to more energy-efficient windows that meet certain specifications and are professionally installed, you might qualify for rebates in some states.This holiday season you have enough to do, so hand over those home improvement tasks, allow your stress to melt away, and let the joy of the holidays ring through your home. Enlist the help of a professional handyman and be assured of a job done safely, quickly and properly. That's where we come in! Be Happy Property Services is licensed, bonded, and insured. One call, we do it all! Call us today for a free estimate.
It always seems like the holidays come too quickly. The days grow shorter, yet at times can seem endless. The sun comes up and goes down. Our days can run into each other. It’s important to make sure that your home is ready (along with your mindset), and that may include any number of tasks. Instead of falling into the usual holiday panic, let's take the time to sit down, and think about everything that needs to be completed. No one wants that honey-do list hanging over your head the entire winter. It’s best to make a plan to get as much out of the way as you can before the holidays arrive.
Taking Care of Home RepairsNo matter what’s going on at your house this holiday season, it will be much more enjoyable for everyone when it feels fresh, clean, and like a welcoming home. Nothing is worse than having to find out halfway through morning showers that the hot water tank has gone out. You might not be able to anticipate an emergency of this magnitude, of course, but there are a lot of little things you can do to make sure you’re as prepared as possible for the holidays. Take the time to look around and make a list of everything that you want to freshen up before the holidays. Consider things like finally repairing that broken trim board, having those vents put back on from the last time the ducts were cleaned, or just cleaning out the clutter from the spare room so people can stay there.
Make Your Honey Do ListNow’s the time to grab those random sticky notes (figuratively and literally) with various to-do’s and centralize them all on a refined honey-do list! That way you can prioritize what needs to be done. Does Your Home Repair List Look Similar?
- New blind installation in the family room
- Repair the cabinet hinges where the plates are stored
- Fix the garbage disposal before hosting Thanksgiving dinner
- Repair the deck so nobody trips and falls
- Install the fan in the spare bedroom
- Fix the leaking faucet in the main bathroom
Is It Time to Initiate Your Remodel Project?Beyond making sure the basics are covered, you might also want to take it to the next level with that remodeling project you’ve been dreaming about. Most of us are spending more time at home, and our spaces may be more than just our homes; work space, classroom, hobby spot, gym, maybe even a YouTube space for the social media maven.
- Does the spare bathroom need a face lift?
- Have you been dreaming of creating that perfect gym in your finished basement?
- How about a functional, yet beautiful, office space to UP your productivity?
Hire a Professional HandymanThis holiday season you have enough to do, so hand over that honey-do-list, let the stress melt away, and let the joy of the holidays ring through your home. Enlist the help of a professional handyman to get your list done quickly and properly. That's where we come in! Be Happy Property Services is licensed, bonded, and insured. One call, we do it all! Call us today for a free estimate.
Most of us have been looking for ways to cut extra expenses. From simply cutting back on those lattes on the way to work or out for a drive, or buying a generic brand over the name brand, we are doing things a little different these days. Whether we are working at home, or helping our kids stay focused with their online learning, or juggling both, we are spending more time at home. Along with that comes a reminder of the to-do’s we might have been putting off. The simple home remodeling we knew we would “get around to”. I will be honest, I live by Google and YouTube and have watched more than my fair share of tutorials and how-to’s. Still, sometimes we get those projects that are a little out of the comfort zone.
DIYing is a great way to save money and can be a lot of fun! Do you love that feeling of accomplishment you get when you fix something or put something together? I know I do! However, there are many home repairs that can be challenging and somewhat dangerous. These are the jobs that require trained professionals so that you aren’t putting yourself or your loved ones at risk. Let's take a look at six home remodel projects that you shouldn’t DIY. Let’s get started.
Where do we draw the line, balancing safety and budgeting?
What are our safe options to complete these home remodel projects?
ConcreteWorking with concrete is extremely messy and can be very difficult to do if you don’t have the necessary experience. Everything has to be done precisely to measurement; otherwise you’ll have uneven pathways and stairs that can be a huge tripping hazard. It also requires a lot of heavy equipment and tools so that everything can mix together and set correctly. It’s a lengthy process that you shouldn’t try yourself.
ElectricalWhile you might find it okay to replace a light bulb, that doesn’t mean that you should start messing with the electrics in your home. Not only can you electrocute yourself, but improper wiring is also known to be a leading cause in house fires. Unless you are trained to handle electrics, it’s best to stay away. Contact us today for a free estimate.
Roof RepairsA leaking roof can cause severe damage to your home, but while you might be tempted to fix it yourself, it’s best to leave this job to the professionals. To work from heights appropriately, you need the correct harnesses and equipment; otherwise, you are putting yourself at a fall risk.
Plumbing is a DIY task that can cause some very messy (and costly) problems not done correctly. It’s very complicated, and most of the time, you can’t pinpoint the problem until you have pulled everything out, especially if there is a hidden leak. This is where I first threw in the towel from my Google and YouTube tutorials and called a professional. That being said, there are smaller simple things, for instance, installing a new shower head, fixing faucets or plunging the toilet, that most of us can do well without being a licensed plumber. When you feel overwhelmed, err on the side of safety and call a licensed professional.
Asbestos RemovalThis is definitely one to never do yourself! Asbestos is highly dangerous and can cause cancer and many other diseases. It is vital that you hire a professional who can remove it safely using the correct protective equipment. Contact Be Happy Property Services to complete this. We are licensed, insured and bonded, one call and we can do it all!
Gas AppliancesAs a rule to be safe, you should never install gas appliances yourself because too much can go wrong. A licensed fitter will ensure that everything is hooked up correctly so that there are no leaks or fire risks. It’s better to be safe than sorry. And that’s it! While you might be tempted to try and get things done cheaply, it’s best to call the professionals. After all, how much is peace of mind for you and your family really worth? Don't put your health at risk and gamble with possibly damaging your home. Sometimes it’s best to spend a little money to ensure everything is done correctly. So, forgo the coffee stand, shop smart, and stay safe fellow Alaskans! Read more about when to call in the pros.
One of the joys of being a homeowner is the satisfaction that comes with completing a home renovation or improvement project. However, not every project warrants a quick DIY fix.
The question every homeowner needs to ask is whether to do-it-yourself (DIY) or call in a contractor for professional craftsmanship. Several factors, like money, time, quality of results, and your personal confidence and abilities, impact this decision.
So, should you DIY or use a contractor for your next project?
Here are some things to consider as you weigh your options
Know Your Resources
The general rule of thumb is to tackle projects you feel comfortable with and have the necessary skill set to complete. For example, you can normally paint a room and save money, but installing tile or building a deck might be out of your tool house, so to say. This is where you may choose to seek professional aid.
Of course, you can increase your chances of a positive outcome if you have the right resources. The internet opens up new possibilities for DIY projects, with plenty of how-to videos and more. It’s easy to learn how to craft molding or build a bookshelf.
However, knowing your resources also means knowing what you can’t realistically learn. Some skills cannot be mastered overnight. You can’t risk having an unsafe home or property, so it’s your duty to hire a contractor in these instances.
Manage Your Expectations
A huge factor that impacts whether you go DIY or hire a contractor is your expectations.
Professionals will get you high-quality results that will be long-lasting. A DIYer might be able to accomplish the task, but not to the standard of a professional. You might be able to lay the tile, but it could be uneven.
If you are okay with that, go for it. Otherwise, hire a contractor.
Play it Safe
At the end of the day, you want to feel safe, and you want others to feel safe. If the project has any potential hazards, consider Be Happy Property Services.
Potentially hazardous projects include anything with:
Polybutylene piping (form of plastic piping that was used in residential plumbing systems from 1978 to 1995)
Other hazardous projects can involve structural changes, like taking out walls or fixing the foundation. You do not want to literally “bring the roof down” – so be safe!
If you are swaying between the two routes, consult a professional. Be Happy Property Services offers free quotes. From there, you can weigh the pros and cons to decide
which option works best.
A professional opinion might even shed light on aspects of the project you have not considered yet.
Our team of professionals are licensed, bonded and insured. Look to us to complete those remodel projects you need done – big or small. We also perform commercial maintenance and renovations.
Contact us today to learn more!#behappypropertyservices #winterizinghome #remodelprojects #winterremodel #whentohireapro #shouldIhireapro #homeremodeling
Prepare for the Upcoming Cold Season with our checklist of Winter BasicsOne of the most beneficial home maintenance tasks this month is just double-checking that your home is weatherproofed and ready for what Mother Nature has in store for us. It’s clear that fall is here and while there are still a few sunny days, the rain is settling into the area. With the changing of the seasons, here are a few suggestions to ensure you and your home make the transition well.
Check for groundwater seepage in and around your homeCracks in the foundation or concrete can offer easy entrance to water. Seal any cracks. Whether you’ve found a crack in your caulk, door or window seals, or foundation, now is the time to address it. Fall and winter are prime for bugs, wind, and water to try and infiltrate. Save yourself time, money, and a headache by heading off any potential issues.
Do you worry about frozen pipes with the impending cold snap?If so, get those pipes insulated and ensure that you’re proactively addressing any needs before this winter, such as leaving a slow drip in a faucet to keep water moving through on the coldest of days.
Check your insulationThis is the perfect time to ensure that you have enough insulation to keep your house warm and dry before the frigid temps hit. How do you do that? Do the touch test. The interior ceilings, walls, and floors in your home should feel warm and dry. When drywall and paneling inside a home feels damp or cold, there is not enough insulation. Alternatively, when touching an exterior wall, it should feel cold because the insulation is keeping warm air inside a home.
Stock up on salt or kitty litter to improve the walkability of your sidewalks and front steps
Check your filtersBefore the temperatures drop more, ensure your filter has been replaced so that you’re not pushing dust and dirt around the house. Your heater is likely running almost constantly, so the filter could be full of dust and dirt. If you notice that the filter needs changing, there’s no time like the present.
Clean those guttersIt’s that time of year where dirt and falling leaves (combined with rain) can become an impediment for moving water swiftly away from your house. Don’t let full gutters create an issue at your home. Give them a good cleaning now and then check again in early November to be sure everything is draining properly.
Keep back-up batteries and functioning flashlights in case they’re needed
Check for unwanted guestsWe’re not talking about your cousin Bobby. Rather, we’re suggesting you take a trip into the attic or basement to see if you have any unwanted wasp nests or mice setting up shop at in your home. Need a few or all of these projects taken care of? Give us a call at 907-336-7434. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. If you have a remodel on your mind, start talking to your favorite remodeler: Be Happy Property Services, of course. Be Happy Property Services does it all - remodeling and handyman repairs are our specialty. Now is the time to start the conversation and get a free estimate by our knowledgeable staff on how to make your vision a reality! Read this as you get started on that remodel. #behappypropertyservices #behappyremodel #Anchoragehandyman #behappyhandyman #remodel #winterization #readyforthewinter #homemaintenance #insulation
We are almost done with 2020! Time is flying by (why couldn't summer feel like March and go on forever?) and this year will be ending before we know it. Our team is looking forward to closing the year out strong. If remodeling your home has been on your to-do list for a while, now is the best time to get started! Now is the perfect time to begin your home remodeling project. Winter is at our doorstep and once the trick-or-treaters disappear into the night and the snow drops, everything starts to change. So, why is now the perfect time to begin those remodeling projects?
Finish in time for the holidaysSummer is known as the busy season for contractors and remodelers, but it’s not until the fall and early winter that most homeowners really start to think about fixing up their home. The thought of family and friends coming to visit for the holidays can really bring into the light how much work needs to be done around the house! As we are staying home more and more, having a comfortable and safe home is imperative. Unfortunately, waiting until late in the game to start meeting with contractors and planning your project can greatly reduce the chances of completion before the holidays. By jumpstarting the project a few months early, you’re setting yourself up for a smoother, more positive experience and allowing for a more realistic timeline.
There are fewer distractionsFor us Alaskans, the summer months can be hectic – there’s not enough time for family, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. Now that summer is gearing down, take some time to consider the best remodeling options, discuss all of your questions and concerns with your contractor, and take the necessary steps to have your project financed. You also will be able to devote your focus on important design selection items, such as your paint colors, tile, countertops, flooring, and so on. As we have mentioned so many times: there is so much more involved in remodeling than most people realize. While our team of professionals is there to help every step of the way, it’s impossible for any contractor to complete a project if the clients are unable to make decisions when the time comes. The fewer outside distractions you have, the easier it will be to focus on the project at hand. Starting your home remodeling project now can really be a beneficial move. You’ll be less stressed and be able to focus whole-heartedly on the project. Gearing up your home for the dead of winter is a priority that should be handled now to protect it and your family during the colder months of the year. To get your home prepped and ready, here are some important tasks that you shouldn’t forget.
Clean Up The YardBefore the nastiest of the nasty weather arrives, be absolutely sure to clear away any leaves and debris left behind throughout your yard. Fall weather can be windy, wet, and messy, and those mountains of leaves won’t do you any favors. If debris is left on your lawn or ends up around a storm drain, it can end up damaging your yard and may prevent excess moisture from getting where it needs to be handled by a runoff and drainage system to avoid flooding. If you need help, know that expert handymen are just a phone call or email away; we’re happy to help you tackle your yard work with ease and expertise.
Clear Out the GuttersDo you have gutters? In addition to your yard, the gutters are another priority task to incorporate into your winter prep plan at home. These fixtures prevent all of the moisture from pooling along the roof and close to the foundation of your home, keeping it safe and dry. This leads to a more comfortable, longer-lasting home that needs less maintenance as time goes on. So, if you haven’t already had yours cleaned, now is the time to do so before it’s too late!
Check Windows, Apply Weather-StrippingIt is a good time to inspect your windows and doors for any signs of air leaks, damage, or otherwise, as it doesn’t get any easier when it gets frigid out there. Even slight cracks can cause a hefty dent in your utility bills during the winter. If you have any broken frames, have them replaced now before the snow arrives. Also, if your windows require weather-stripping for that extra tight seal, don’t forget to take care of it before the snow hits!
Repair Stairs, Entranceway & WalkwaysIf the stairs, entranceway, or walkways on your property are in any way damaged, it’s a good idea to have them repaired now before the ice and snow arrive. Ignoring these tasks can create a safety hazard for you, your family, and anyone accessing your home. If there are damaged steps or broken interlocking stones beneath a layer of ice or snow, someone can easily get injured. Have any external stairs and walkways fixed before winter by reaching out to experienced experts in clearing away debris and performing proper, reliable fixes,
Install And Check DetectorsWith the fire roaring during those extra-cold winter nights, you should always ensure that your fire and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. If you don’t have any installed for some reason, do so immediately, as they become an increasing danger during the winter months. Keeping a close eye on safety and wellness is critical in the winter season! Our team of professionals can take care of just about any outdoor and indoor maintenance projects you need – big or small. We also perform commercial maintenance and renovations. Contact us today to learn more! #behappypropertyservices #winterizing #remodelprojects #winterremodel #readyforthewinter #endof2020 #realresults #projectsthatmatter #homeremodeling #landscaping
We know that winter can be painful to even think about. Summers here go by so quickly. And, some of us would rather wait until the first snowfall to face the reality of its arrival. Unfortunately, that’s never a good idea when it comes to winterizing your home. The reality is that fall is quickly approaching, and along with that is outdoor maintenance time. Once the leaves begin to change, it’s time to face the music and get your home ready for the onslaught of winter weather before it appears. To help ensure you cover your bases, here are the Be Happy Property Services top must-do fall outdoor maintenance tasks.
Store Summer ItemsAny garden equipment, lawn chairs, barbeque equipment, and other summer items should be taken down and put away around mid-season and stored until next year. Also, don’t forget to drain any gas-powered tools before putting them away. We also recommend tidying up your shed and garage to prevent mold and rust from developing.
Apply Weather Stripping & CaulkingAfter the summer season, your weather stripping and caulking can begin to deteriorate, leaving gaps and cracks along the edges of your windows and doors. Make sure you address this before the first frost and winter dampness hits! Spend a moment inspecting and reapplying weather stripping or caulking to any areas that are prone to drafts to keep your home air-tight and comfortable. That way, you’re better prepared for the colder seasons of the year and also get the most value out of your heating system.
Repair WalkwaysOnce the ground becomes blanketed in snow and ice, wobbly interlock and paths can become treacherous. If you have any broken or uneven pathways, stairs, or if your porch requires some maintenance, deal with them now before they get buried in snow. Having the Be Happy Property Services professionals ensure a smooth, safe way to access all entrances and exits on your property is essential to being prepared for emergencies – including safe escapes in the event of a fire, or on a positive note, welcoming family over the Christmas holidays!
Check VentilationLeaves and sticks stuck in your laundry room exhaust? Or, has that tree overgrown and blocked an air vent? When that furnace is on and a sideways blizzard is occurring outside, the last thing you want to do is head out and make sure your ventilation is in working order. We’re talking about exhaust pipes, intake vents and the like, which work to ensure fresh, clean air enters your home and stale old air is filtered out. Otherwise, you could encounter various health and wellness issues, and nobody wants that!
Prepare Your GardenFinally, if you have shrubs and trees in your yard, now’s the time to trim them and apply burlap to buffer them from the weather. Don’t forget to cut any overhanging branches over sidewalks and areas of your home to prevent injury or damage to your roof and surrounding structures. For a maintenance-free fall season, give us a call at Be Happy Property Services instead of tackling that large list of tasks on your own! Our team of professionals can take care of just about any outdoor and indoor maintenance projects you need – big or small. We also perform commercial maintenance and renovations. Contact us today to learn more!
Summer is a season that can mean many different things. Young children usually look to summer as an escape from school for a few months. This has been a stressful year for anyone, and if you are a parent with school-age kids you have had so much on your plate. Alaskan families view summer as the time to take that long-awaited camping trip or a trip to visit family in the Lower 48. So many things have changed for us this 2020 summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy our Alaskan summer! Summer has been the season for going to the lake, taking long drives at 10 pm when it looks like it is 4 pm, and many feel that quest for adventuring and relaxing in the sun call. However, summer can also mean “work as many tasks that need to be done” around the house and yard. How can you enjoy summer while getting all those tasks you’ve put off, telling yourself “I’ll do when it gets warmer out” or “I’ll do when I have time” and here we are, in late July. Many can feel overwhelmed during the summer as the season is short and there is so much fun stuff to do and see, as well as tackle those seasonal projects. Fortunately, hiring experienced handymen from Be Happy Property Services can take a lot of that pressure away. Here are some summer projects that are perfect for us to tackle for you.
- One of the areas that see a lot of action during summer is the deck or patio. Such spots are the perfect place for family and friends to gather, especially while grilling some food. Yet decks and patios can become weathered over time and require maintenance. The wood in a deck can become rotten or warped, not to mention the possibility of handrails becoming loose or support posts weakening. Perhaps all your deck needs is some minor work to smooth out the wood and refinish it, while a patio may need some power washing or some minor repairs. Our main goal is always to get your deck or patio ready for the upcoming season and ensure that every party and gathering will be safe and fun.
- A couple of summer projects that impact the exterior of a house are gutter cleaning and power washing. The warm climate of summer is the perfect time to get such troublesome chores out of the way. The experienced crew at Be Happy Property Services are old hands with such tasks. Cleaning gutters is necessary to ensure that excess rainwater continues to be safely moved away from your home, but it can be a hassle. Even worse, quite a few people injure themselves every year by falling off their ladder while attempting to remove debris from their gutters. We are often called to do this job for older homeowners who are now physically unable to perform the task.
- Another end of the summer project is painting and staining. Summer is the perfect time to paint or stain the interior and exterior of your home, including any decks, porches, garages, sheds, and patios. Summer allows the home to be fully opened up to take advantage of any breezes while any interior painting or staining is being done.
No one can deny that the kitchen is one of the essential parts of a home. The hub. The epicenter, depending on how much you enjoy cooking. Often, it is a place where everyone in the family gathers to enjoy their meals. Renovating a kitchen is not a piece of cake. Be Happy Property Services wants to make this as easy as possible and we’ve taken the time to put together a list of eight simple ideas that can help anyone upgrade their kitchen. Keep reading to learn more!