DIY Dos and Don’ts
DIY projects are a great way to save money and learn about different areas of home maintenance. However, there are key things to remember when it comes to taking the DIY plunge.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Probably the most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to a DIY project is safety. If you’ve successfully fixed a dripping sink don’t jump straight into complex plumbing work. The same goes for projects involving gas or electrical connections and structural parts of your home. Using a qualified tradesperson is key when it comes to safety.
Do research and get the right tools before starting your project. It is important to make a plan before you start working. This includes getting all the building materials you need. For example, if you’re installing new wood flooring or tiles, make sure you have the equipment needed to lay it in a consistent manner.
Do understand that there’s a good chance something won’t go to plan along the way. Make sure you buy some extra materials to cover any mistakes or miscalculations.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s OK to admit you’ve made a mistake. Stubbornness can make problems worse and lead to danger or low-quality work. Ask for help or get a professional to come out for a consultation if necessary.
Taking care of projects yourself is a fun and rewarding experience. Just make sure staying safe and planning ahead are on your to-do list, too.