Thanks to HGTV and the wide variety of home improvement shows that are out there today, it’s not uncommon for many homeowners to want to tackle a DIY project on their homes themselves.
The reality is that some DIY jobs are super easy to do because almost anyone can do things like painting their house or work outside in the garden to improve curb appeal but with DIY projects it’s also easy for a homeowner to get overconfident and make mistakes.
In this article, I will list some of the most common DIY mistakes so you know what not to do to your property.
Mistake #1 – Setting Unrealistic Goals
With another weekend fast approaching it may be easy to think that you can paint every room in your house in one weekend or tear out the old yard and re-sod it with new grass.
Even though these goals are ambitious, the truth is that setting an unrealistic goal will only lead to failure because life gets in the way sometimes and that project you were hoping to finish in one weekend may get extended to 3 weekends.
To avoid setting unrealistic goals it’s best to take a hard look at the time you have to work on a project, what’s happening at home and then give yourself more time to finish your project. Being realistic with your goals will help you to get a project done correctly and avoid making mistakes that you might make if you were rushing to finish the job.
Mistake #2 – Poor Safety
You have to make safety a priority on your DIY projects because of the simple reason that if you get injured while working on a DIY job, it’s possible that you may be unable to go to work to provide for yourself or your family.
You can avoid getting injured during a DIY project by paying more attention to safety and doing your best to do things like using safety glasses, gloves, and a sturdy ladder while you work on your project.
Mistake #3 – Don’t Forget to Get Permission If Your Home Is Part of an HOA
Is your home part of an HOA? If so, you must get permission to start work on a project first before the work can actually begin. Permission is important because if your home is part of an HOA, you could face crazy fines if what you do to your home violates the standards or code of the community.
Mistake #4 – Cutting Corners
As a homeowner, you only have a set budget that you can work with so it might be tempting to cut corners and use cheaper materials to finish your job. Don’t make this mistake! Using cheaper materials means that those materials may wear down faster than the more expensive materials that you need so don’t be so quick to think cheap especially when it comes to the long-term cost of the property.
Mistake #5 – Using the Wrong Measurements
Wrong measurements can be unforgiving, especially if you’re using expensive materials, so it’s best to take the time to measure at least twice before cutting materials or making improvements on your home
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