To DIY Or Not To DIY That Is The Question!
You should weigh up the pros and cons before you decide to carry out a DIY project yourself. It’s true that doing the work yourself rather than calling in the professionals can save you money, but if you aren’t able to manage the project the end result could be rather messy and cost you more in the long run.
The 10 DIY Pitfalls To Avoid
To ensure you are up to the challenge and not biting off more than you can chew read our top 10 tips.
1. Are you able to do the job?
Can you do this? If you are in doubt don’t even attempt the project! There is a big difference in building a conservatory and building a shelving unit. So consider if your skill sets will cover the scope of the job.
2. How much is in the piggy bank?
Having a budget is really important when carrying out large DIY project and you should add to that a 15-20% surplus; this will help cover any potential problems that may arise during the process. DIY projects are well known for going over budget. No matter how hard you try to keep the project on track things can crop up that you can’t always foresee, so having a backup fund is a sensible and responsible plan.
3. Didn’t see that coming?
Be prepared that you may come across problems that were not obvious at the out start. Do not try and patch over the issue or ignore it completely this will only cause you aggravation in the future, if you are going to do the job do it right. If the issue is something you can’t handle outsource this task to a professional, then continue with the rest of the project yourself.
4. One job at a time
Don’t be tempted to let the job get out of hand. It’s a temptation to think well I’ve started this so I might as well do that at the same time. Not a good idea for the following reasons, you didn’t budget for it and the time scales for completely the job will be off schedule.So if you are fitting a new door canopy and then think I will replace the door as well WAIT. Plan to do the other job as future project.
As with the budget be realistic with how long the project is actually going to take you. Most projects have a tendency to take longer than you think so bare that in mind before you get started. If you are working full time you will as a rule be doing the work in the evenings or at the weekends unless you are taking time off work.
6. Have the right tools
For the project to be carried out safely, efficiently and in a timely manner you will need to have the correct tools. Most homeowners will have the basic DIY tools but you may need to buy/hire/borrow certain tools to get the job done. Depending on the job you are under taking this will determine what tools you will need. If you are using a tool you have never used before make sure you know what you are doing beforehand.
7. Ready Steady Go
It’s not a race! Planning and research are important factors of any DIY job, accessing the project, setting timescales, having a budget, researching materials, looking for any additional problems all need to be researched and planned before you get started.
8. Follow the instructions
To avoid possible mistakes don’t think you know best, if you have been supplied with instructions follow the guidelines you have been given. Take time to read and understand what is required and if in doubt ring the supplier for clarification.
By following the guide lines and making sure the project is put together in the most professional manner it will last the test of time. You want the job to look it’s very best and be safely installed, cutting corners will only incur problems in the future which will cost you additional money and time.
10. Safety first
Consider whether you will need any safety items such as protective googles or helmets. Keep your work area tidy put away tools that are not in use and keep children well away from the area you are working in. Do not attempt to use tools that are not fit for the job, if it says hammer in the 9 inch nail use a hammer, not the end of a screw driver! The last thing you want when doing a DIY job is for an accident to happen.
I hope that you have found this article useful and the fact that you have read it qualifies that you have already mastered number 7.