Courtesy James Brock, Boston Home Inspectors Brock captions this photo, “When homeowners install their own wiring.” Need we say more? Electrical repairs or upgrades should be left to the professionals—or you risk getting electrical shock and/or causing a fire.
Watch your step
Courtesy James Brock, Boston Home Inspectors It’s a pain carrying things up and down the stairs, especially when you have a zig zag staircase—but this home improvement could prove especially dangerous if you miss a step. “This homeowner removed the railings and spindles to make it easier for them to carry things upstairs,” Brock says. “They never took into account that a grandma or a child may lose balance and need something to grab. That would be a hard fall.” Try out these expert plumbing tips before you start monkeying with the pipes.
Who wants to get electrocuted?
Courtesy James Brock, Boston Home Inspectors Every homeowner should know the essentials, especially when it comes to safety issues. In this DIY disaster, did the water spigot get installed first or was it the electrical box? It doesn’t matter because, as Brock says, “Water flows down and doesn’t mix well with live electricity.” These are the things every homeowner needs to know ASAP to protect their investment.