DIY projects homeowners should and shouldn't try this winter

November 1, 2017

With winter just around the corner, some homeowners may want to focus on some interior home improvement projects. However, there's a right and wrong way to go about these jobs.

One of the biggest jobs homeowners can do that's also relatively easy is re-insulate various spaces around their homes, according to The Family Handyman. There are all different types of insulation that can be installed with just a little bit of work around the home, from the well-known pink roll-up kind that can be found at any big-box hardware store to spray-on insulation that can keep water pipes in good shape.

Where to start
Any area of the house that isn't properly insulated can pose major problems for owners in terms of losing heat, but that's especially true in the attic, because heat rises. Making sure this area is properly insulated now can save major headaches later in the winter. Likewise, making sure to insulate an attached garage properly can help prevent heat loss.

What not to do
However, there are some winterization jobs no homeowners should undertake on their own, according to FortuneBuilders. That includes tinkering with an overall HVAC system beyond simply replacing the filters, or trying to fix plumbing themselves.

One of the biggest hazards that can still be important to fix at this time of year is on the roof. If there's a roofing problem, it's something homeowners shouldn't try to DIY, because the danger of a slip-and-fall increases exponentially on a sloped, slippery, snow-covered roof.

The best advice here is to simply use common sense: If a job seems overly complicated or dangerous, it's better to err on the side of caution.