Don’t Commit These Common DIY Crimes!

Noticed a few things you want to fix or change around the house and thinking about tackling them yourself?

Before you dive into a project, make sure you fully understand what it takes to get it done both properly and safely. Here are some common items homeowners often overlook when they begin a Do It Yourself (DIY) project.

Not taking out the required permits

Many DIY tradesmen consider permits to be a bother, but they definitely serve a real purpose. The true intent behind building permits is to ensure that the job is done right and that you don’t hurt yourself. For some jobs, it actually makes a significant financial difference; insurance companies won’t cover certain items if you don’t have a permit.

Starting a job without all the necessary supplies

No omission will slow down a construction or repair job faster than not having all the materials you need. One of the reasons that professionals can work so efficiently is that they buy quality tools. Make sure to research the tools and materials you need in advance of a DIY construction job.

Not Measuring

Accurately measuring a space and buying the appropriate amount of materials is an absolutely vital element of DIY repairs. Precisely measuring the spaces in a repair job can save you some serious dollars in not buying a bunch of materials you don’t need.

Ignoring Safety

It’s not only jobs involving electricity or gas that can potentially be very dangerous. Even small jobs can cause serious injury if homeowners don’t wear the right personal protection gear. For anything more complicated than raking leaves, it’s important to think about safety first.

Using Cheap Materials

After investing in quality tools and committing your time to education and construction, the worst thing you can do is buy cheap materials. If you do use them, the chances are they will fail sooner rather than later, forcing you to tackle the same project over (and over, and over…) again.

These are just a few common DIY issues I’ve seen homeowners encounter. If you have questions or want more information before starting a project on your home, I highly recommend you use the old interwebs to find tutorials, forums, etc. The information is out there, you just have to be wise enough to seek it!