Maintaining a house is hard work, and can end up being costly. Homeowners looking to save some cash will often attempt to fix problems themselves, whether it’s a leak in the water heater, a broken light fixture, or an over-abundance of six-legged house guests. There are whole communities built up around Do-It-Yourself home-owning, but is it always a good idea?

This week, we’re turning to the experts to get their professional opinion on DIY do’s and don’ts—and disasters.

Why We’re Asking

DIY can be a great way to save money, but attempting it on the wrong project can drain your bank account in the long run. Nobody knows home improvement like the professionals, so we want them to weigh in on the benefits and risks of DIY strategies. Hopefully some timely advice can save a homeowner or two from making a huge mistake.

So tell us, experts:

When is it a good idea for a homeowner to use DIY strategies?

What things should homeowners never attempt to DIY?
Have you ever had to save a homeowner from a DIY project gone wrong?
If you could over-see a homeowner’s DIY project, what advice would you offer?

DIY is gaining in popularity, so it’s time to talk about the risks and benefits!

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!