Do-it-yourself home improvement can be a great way to add value to your home without having to pay builders or plumbers to do the work. But even the simplest of DIY jobs can quickly turn into an expensive mess when tackled incorrectly. Here’s a look at some of the most costly DIY mistakes to avoid this summer.
Unrealistic goals: Home improvement can be an addictive hobby and many enthusiasts fall into the trap of running before they can walk. Suddenly a simple blocked drain or drain repair can flood an entire house and leave a DIY amateur struggling to fix the problem. If you suddenly find yourself uncertain of the job you’re doing, down tools and look for advice either online or from a professional emergency plumber.
Poor safety: Falling off a ladder, inhaling fumes and slicing open fingers are just a few of the DIY-related injuries that happen every weekend in the UK. Unfortunately these accidents not only hurt your pride, they can also affect your work and therefore your income. Safety goggles and gloves are a must, as well as gaining a proper understanding of the power tools that you are using. You are advised to read the instructions manual that came with the tools for guidance. Opening windows, whilst painting, will help to keep the air free of dangerous fumes, while loose-hanging clothing should be avoided to stop them getting caught up when using power tools.
Not asking permission: Many homeowners are caught out when they tackle major improvements without first getting permission from the local authority. Fines for unapproved work can be hefty and the permit structure exists to make sure the job is done correctly. Many insurance companies also require proof that an improvement project followed official government guidelines, so ensure you check your rights first.
Cutting corners: Tight budgets are a reality for many homeowners, but cheap tools and materials are unfortunately a false economy. Using 1/4-inch drywall instead of 5/8-inch, for example, will allow more noise to leak from room to room. Taking a professional approach and investing in the right tools for the job will ensure a good quality finish.
Inaccurate measurements: Planning is a vital part of any project and rushing through measurements is a quick way to a DIY headache. All veteran home improvers follow the golden rule of ‘Measure twice, cut once.’