DIYs That Could Hurt Your Lease: Repairs You Shouldn't Attempt on Your Own


Making your own repairs, especially around the home, is a great way to feel empowered. You save money by not hiring help. You expand your skill set. And there’s nothing more victorious than conquering that self-assembled dresser that had you wanting to take a hammer to it out of frustration—we’ve all been there.  

That sense of accomplishment is priceless, but sometimes you may want to leave things to the experts. Unless you’re as handy as Bob Villa, you may want to rethink some of the DIY repairs that come with renting an apartment—otherwise you could be paying for your mistakes.

Broken Appliances

It’s the dead of summer and the air conditioning went out. Or perhaps the refrigerator just stopped humming. There are a million and one nightmare scenarios that can come into play when an appliance stops working. As tempting as that DIY repair YouTube video tutorial might be, it’s best to bring in someone who knows what they’re doing. You don’t want to diagnose the wrong problem and damage the appliance you’re trying to fix. A professional will rule out all the problems you didn’t think of and know the way to repair it.