People love to complete home improvement projects on their own. This concept of Do-It-Yourself Projects usually take up at least twice the time and three times the money then really required. The basic reason being that DIYers tend to make numerous mistakes that lead to home improvement projects becoming more expensive and time-consuming.
Listed are 10 surefire ways to avoid the top DIY home improvement mistakes in the future and ensure success.
1. Take out the required permits:
Usually many DIYers skip this step. The reason being it is time consuming and to avail of these permits you have to deal with the government bodies. But having home improvement permit helps. When you are issued a permit, the person in the permitting office makes sure that the project is done correctly and that you stay safe in the process. Permits also, help cover insurance in regards to improvements.
2. Availability of correct tools and materials for the project:
You need to invest in the right, necessary and quality tools and supplies, to avoid any delay or problems during the project.
3. Proper storage of the raw/finished material deliveries
It is important to allocate a proper and sufficient space (job site) for the materials delivered by the supplier. Exposing the material to different weather conditions may cause damage to the supplies. At the same time open exposure may lead to theft.
4. Do not skimp on materials
It is not advisable to skimp on materials. What is required is required, even if it costs. For example, it is advisable to use at least 5/8-inch and 3/4-inch drywall for building walls and 3/4-inch plywood for sub-floors, cutting on the sizes may end up into problems such as low sound barrier and weaker floor.
5. A must do before painting walls:
Before painting walls, clean the walls sand them and patch the holes that are visible. Then use a coat of primer or stain blocker if you\’re trying to cover over oil-based paint, stains or peeling paint, or if you\’re painting a lighter color over a darker color.
6. Use the correct paint:
When you paint the interior make sure that there is a satin finish, to enable you to scrub. For outdoor decks, use a linseed-oil-based stain to drive the pigment into the wood and preserve it. And use flat paints for ceilings.
7. Maintain safety while working:
Wear the safety equipments while at work. Wear safety goggles when using power tools or working with drywall or wood. Wear a hard hat when you\’re working under other people on scaffolding, and open some windows when you\’re painting or staining, or stripping old finishes off of floors or walls. Wear gloves when carrying wood, metal and rock, or when hammering, and wear a nail or tool pouch to prevent damage to your floors, feet, and pets. Avoid loose and hanging clothes while working.
8. Measure twice and cut once:
It is probably the most important rule of any project. If you are going to make a mistake, make it too long. For example, you need to cut a wooden frame, cut it longer than required, so that you can measure twice, before the final cut.
9. Know the limits of your abilities:
You may not be good at everything. Understand your limitations. If you lack experience at plumbing or electrical work avoid attempting these projects.
10. Don\’t start to learn how to do a project on your own house:
It is always advisable to learn how to do a project from an experienced DIYer or a contractor. Assisting your friend, who is experienced in this matter, helps. Ask questions before taking up task. Be fully knowledgeable before starting the project.
If you intend to go for a DIY home improvement projects adhere to these tips, to avoid numerous mistakes and delays.