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Complex home repairs you should leave to the pros

Cheapism Logo By Elizabeth Sheer of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 21: Home improvement looks so easy on TV, and going the DIY route is a real money saver when facing labor costs that can turn a leaky $11 toilet fill valve into a $200 expense. However, some projects are dangerous and easy to screw up no matter how many YouTube videos show the way, and many renovations require permits and finished work that must meet code. Sometimes it's better to hire a professional.Related: 5 Projects That Boost Home Value — and 5 Cheap Alternatives Andrew Lisa contributed to this story.

Don't Try This at Home

Home improvement looks so easy on TV, and going the DIY route is a real money saver when facing labor costs that can turn a leaky $11 toilet fill valve into a $200 expense. However, some projects are dangerous and easy to screw up no matter how many YouTube videos show the way, and many renovations require permits and finished work that must meet code. Sometimes it's better to hire a professional.

Related: 5 Projects That Boost Home Value — and 5 Cheap Alternatives

Andrew Lisa contributed to this story.

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