May 11, 2012

Top 10 Common Mistakes of DIY Renovations

DIY is for many a great way to save money and have a lot of fun at the same time. DIY can be, and often is the cheaper option, but it can also turn out to cost four times as much if you do it wrong. Whether you are replacing your garage roller door locks or renovating a bathroom, it is important that you are well prepared and in control of the situation. Here are 10 costly and common mistakes that DIY enthusiasts make:

1.       Lacking permits
Whilst you may feel as though permits are just a way of drawing money out of you, it is important that you seek them for safety and insurance purposes. If you are taking on a large scale project then it is likely that you will need a permit and these exist to ensure you are carrying the job out in a safe manner. They are there to protect you. Insurance companies will likely require proof that your work was done within regulations and permits are the only way to prove this.

2.       Using the wrong tools
Being properly prepared for the job that you are undertaking is important. It is also sensible to follow the suit of workmen and builders by buying better quality hand tools and cordless tools than you will probably need. The reason for this is safety and control, so if you’re saving money, why not equip your shed nicely?

3.       Failing to prepare
Renovations will likely require the delivery of large orders so it is necessary to be ready to store them. Leaving materials and tools outside invites theft and will damage the goods. Make sure you are prepared for deliveries of goods and materials well in advance of their arrival.

4.       Going cheap
DIY will save you money but the money should be saved in labour costs. Your materials should not suffer because it is a DIY project. Cutting costs and corners will only create larger repair costs and higher maintenance bills. If anything, buy better materials for DIY jobs so they stand up stronger.

5.       Using the wrong pain
It is fairly common to see something which looks very badly painted and damaged following a DIY project. Remember that the Australian weather will constantly pound at your newly painted feature and be sure to protect it properly.

6.       Prepare the surfaces
Failing to prepare the surfaces which are to be painted is as bad as using the wrong paint. It is important to prepare the walls by sanding them and repairing any cracks or damage because otherwise they will never look good.

7.       Failing to remain safe
Safety is number one for workmen and should be for you too. Wearing goggles, a hard hat and proper boots will save you from injury. This is also true of understanding power tools properly and storing tools correctly. Always keep safety at the forefront of your mind whether you are painting or constructing.

8.       Poor measurements
Everything should be measured twice and cut once. This simple process will help to cut costs dramatically. Cutting something too short means buying new materials and starting afresh.

9.       Ladder safety
Ladders are not designed to be used as step supports. If you are stretching beyond your ladder then you simply need a bigger ladder. Don’t end up in the emergency room because you couldn’t quite reach the corner…

10.    Admit your limits
The biggest mistake of DIYers is taking on more than they can handle. If you are uncertain how something will be achieved then seek professional help because it will be cheaper and far easier. A basic thing to remember is that if you have a tool in your hand and a question mark in your head, you should stop. 

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