To Do or Not To Do: Home Repair Edition

The “Do it yourself” market has taken off over the last year.  Perhaps you were one of the many homeowners who took on some projects because you had more time at home.  Maybe you are a brand new homeowner that is fixing up your new house.  No matter the reason, taking on a DIY project can be a rewarding and worthwhile task.  That being said, not every project can be done on your own.  Whether it be because you do not have the proper tools and skills, or you simply do not have the time, some projects may need to be completed by a professional.

If you are thinking about taking on a DIY project, you may have already considered contacting some home improvement companies.  Working with experienced, reliable, and reputable home improvement companies is a great way to save you from headaches and grant you the time you may need to do other things in life. 

So, how do you decide when it is something you should do yourself, or when you should hire someone? 

Regardless of whether you are hanging a picture collage or are looking for home remodeling contractors to give your bedroom a new look, Home One Services has got you covered.  We have been serving Lancaster, PA, and the surrounding area for over fifteen years.  There is no job that is too big, or too small for us.  We are going to give you a few projects that we recommend that you hire professionals for, and a few that you can do on your own.



Putting up wallpaper is a time-consuming, tedious and strenuous job.  Making sure the paper is going up straight, lining things up to make sure that patterns match correctly, preventing bubbling from taking place.  The entire project can be frustrating and may not come out to the standard you want it to.  This may be a project that you want to leave to the pros.  You can be certain that results are smooth, lines are correct and the look of the room is exactly how you pictured it in your head.

Getting Rid of Popcorn Ceilings

If you have a home that has not been brought into the modern world of décor, there is a chance you still have popcorn ceilings.  While it used to be a very popular look, it is a texture that is outdated and is no longer in style.  A job that requires a lot of effort and time, popcorn ceilings can be messy arduous work.  The ceiling must be sprayed with a softening agent to prep the popcorn to be removed.  The next step is to scrape off the entire ceiling to remove the popcorn texture.  This may take a long time depending on the size of the room and would require getting up and down from a ladder every time a new area would need to be scraped.  Once the popcorn is removed, the ceiling will have many tiny divots.  These will then need to be filled with compound, sanded, and then painted.  This entire project could potentially take days to complete.

Installing Crown Molding

You may need to search for home remodeling contractors if you are looking to install molding in your home.  This is a project that requires experience because of the accurate measurements required, seamless cuts using a power saw, and lots of time up and down a ladder.  Even a seasoned “do it yourselfer” can be intimidated by crown molding.


Fixing A Pipe That Is Leaking

A leaky pipe is perhaps the most common home repair.  Whether this is in your bathroom or kitchen, a leaky pipe is usually a fairly easy fix.  You must first determine where the leak is coming from.  Is there a hole in the pipe?  Is there a loose nut or fitting somewhere?  Once you have determined where the leak is coming from, simply turn the water off and then perform the repair.  Tighten up the nut, replace the section of pipe, etc.  Once everything is finished and properly tightened, turn the water back on and you are done!

Patching Small Holes in Drywall

Another easy project that most homeowners can complete is patching small holes in drywall.  Perhaps there are holes from nails that were removed from pictures hung by the previous owner.  Maybe you are relocating some decorations that were up on the wall.  This is a job that requires a low level of skill and not many tools.  Fill the hole with a small amount of spackle using a putty knife.  Scrape any excess spackle from the wall and wait for it to dry.  Once it has dried, use some sandpaper to sand the area and make sure it is smooth.  Now simply paint the spot where the spackle is and your project is complete.

No matter what the project is, with proper tools and knowledge, you could take on any project around the house.  But one thing you can not do is create more time.  Hiring a professional from Home One Services can save you time and handle all of your DIY projects, big and small.

Contact us today to see what we can help you out with around the house!