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by Harriet "Ronnie" Ellis 02/02/2020

Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay

Tackling projects around the house allows you to boost your skills, saves you money and ensures your home stays in peak condition -- usually. While DIY projects can be safe, successful and rewarding, there are some instances where you're better off leaving the work to a pro. From jobs that are dangerous to those that require specialty tools for success, the following projects can turn your DIY dreams into nightmares: 

Don't DIY these Home Projects: 

Roof Repairs and Heavy Tree Work

Both of these tasks take place off the ground and pose a significant risk of injury, even to those who have experience and are working with full teams. Taking down a large tree puts you and your home in jeopardy, while roof work is one of the leading causes of injuries for construction workers. Avoid these high-risk jobs and hire a pro with the equipment to work safely and well, even off the ground. 

Big Electric Projects

Most of us can swap out a light bulb or the fixture it belongs in, but more extensive and complicated repairs and upgrades require a pro. In some larger projects, you'll need to have the work approved and ensure that it is up to code (particularly true if you are repairing or readying a rental property). In others, the risk of injuring yourself is just too great. Even if you avoid injury, a single mistake in your work can lead to a fire hazard and put your home and family at risk. If you need specialized tools, have a job that requires a full inspection or that could result in a fire hazard, leave the work to a professional. 

Hazardous Material Mitigation

You may be able to scrape away that mold, remove smoke odors or strip the lead paint in your home, but it is generally a bad idea. Any project that exposes you or your home to environmental hazards needs to be done by a pro. You could injure yourself during the process -- and even if you escape injury, you could end up missing part of the pieces you intend to remove. In this case, you'll actually increase your family's exposure to dangerous mold, lead or asbestos. Leave these hazards to a pro for your own safety and well-being. 

Skip these projects and use your time, talent and tools to tackle just about anything else around the house -- you'll stay safe, save money and get the results you want. too. 

 

 

About the Author
Author

Harriet "Ronnie" Ellis

In the Spirit of the Seabees

Born and raised on the Pacific island of Guam, daughter of a Navy Chief who served there in the Seabees during WWII, Ronnie learned and lived the Seabee motto "Can Do" from an early age. The Seabees are the construction battalion of the Navy, rebuilding roads, bridges, utility systems and barracks. Falling in love with the island (and Ronnie's mother), her father returned to the South Pacific after the war to help in the rebuilding. Watching his multi-national successes and generous, outgoing attitude, Ronnie says, played a key role in making her the authentic person she is today.

After excelling at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting, she immediately started following in her dad's international business and real estate footsteps, albeit in princess flats. Ronnie breathes real estate with fierce loyalty to her customers and colleagues. She imbues her professional commitments with an affable, affiliative "Ronnie" humor; a natural resource that attracts friends and allies. Ask to describe her business self in three words, she chose: Innovative, Creative and Collaborative. Coupled with her accounting background she is strongly analytical, allowing her natural flow of precision and productivity to benefit those she represents. Those who know her say that Ronnie pursues all aspects of business with joy, confidence and integrity.
"I've been a real estate professional for more decades than a lady might care to admit," she says with her biggest smile. "But now my path from general brokerage sales agent to broker in New York, my experiences as a North Carolina broker, custom home builder and real estate developer, give me daily insights into both the opportunities and land mines of the property marketplace."

As a licensed general contractor, new home construction became her specialty. She's built neighborhoods and won prestigious Parade of Homes awards. Both Ronnie and her husband, Edward, have earned the National Association of Home Builders highest sales designations: Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM) and Certified Marketing Professional (CMP). An active and avid member of the National Association of Realtors, she was president of her local Board of Realtors in Havelock, N.C. She also supported the Rotary Club serving as newsletter editor, and she's a Chamber of Commerce member as well.

A visit to Melbourne, Florida in late 2010, convinced the Ellises that this should be their retirement home. With the move behind them and a mini-retirement under her belt, Ronnie decided she missed the day-to-day action of real estate. "The industry is challenging and changing constantly," she says. "I absolutely love it. That, and building relationships, working with customers and clients in all aspects. I stay excited and prepared to be a part of their journey."
Her final thoughts: "There are many people out there that I know I can assist especially with the backing I get from Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. Coldwell Banker keeps me upfront with the tools and marketing to meet all my customer's needs. And I've never been afraid of competition. Like Dad taught me: "Can Do."