Whether you’re doing a DIY home repair project for the first time, or you’re a savvy home improvement enthusiast, avoiding mistakes can make your job a lot easier.
The truth is, that although doing a DIY home project can save you a lot of money if done wrong, it can be costly in the long run.
Armed with these easy instructions you’ll be able to avoid common mistakes a home handyman might make, and enjoy a smooth process.
It’s important to set a proper budget. You need to identify what is really needed on the job before you start.
Nothing slows down a job more than not having all the materials you need or buying inadequate materials.
Just like with grocery shopping, you should make a specific list before you head to the hardware store for your next project. Don’t fall in the trap of buying low-quality cheap materials. Even though you might be able to get away with inexpensive materials sometimes, having quality materials will make your life so much easier and become a good investment.
Before you even go to the store, take measurements, then measure your space or item again, write it down, and, to be extra careful, you can even bring a measuring tape with you when you go shopping.
Another important aspect of preparation is making sure you won’t neglect details. You don’t want to put a lot of work into a project and that it ends up looking like you have left things half done. Shortcuts can be deceivingly simple and subtract value to the finished result.
Remember that before starting you should prepare the worksite. You don’t want your materials out of order or exposed to the weather while you are working. Besides, they could be stolen if they’re not properly stored.
Unsafe job conditions
Sometimes, DIY projects can get a little dangerous, especially if you’ll have to deal with heights, strong chemical products, or electricity. If you’re not an expert you shouldn’t experiment with these.
Ensuring a safe project environment is key. Protective gear should always be included in the list of items you buy once you have your plans in place.
Always have eye protection, hearing protection, hair tied back, safety boots, and face masks on hand.
Wear safety goggles when using power tools or working with wood, or drywall; wear hard hats when you’re working under other people; and make sure you open some windows when you’re painting, staining, or stripping old finishes off of floors or walls.
Don’t wear loose-hanging clothing, especially if you’ll be using power tools. Wear gloves when carrying wood, metal, or when hammering.
Overestimating your skills
If you’ve been a DIYer for a while it’s very likely that you have started a project before with a lot of enthusiasm but you haven’t been able to finish it, because it requires more time or skill than you thought.
While some projects are easy enough to undertake as a DIY project, some other projects require the expertise of professionals who specialize in repairing and remodeling.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to do the whole project on your own, family and friends are often a good source of extra hands.
Before starting a DIY project, analyze the different steps that you’ll have to take to complete it, and assess if you have all the skills and time needed.
Start small, even if you are not an expert you can learn as you go along. Taking things step by step will allow you to do it right and don’t get overwhelmed by too much work.
On the other hand, your time may be worth the cost of a pro. If your desired project requires specific permits or tools, the best course of action will be to hire a skilled helping hand.