Ever heard the phrase “measure twice, cut once”? It’s a common phrase used a lot in the handyman world. It simply means that if you take an extra moment to get things right the first time, you can do your best to avoid mistakes, wastage and hazards.
When deciding to take on a DIY project around the home, whether it’s your first time doing DIY or you’re a seasoned pro, it helps to know how to identify these potential hazards or mistakes – and learn how to avoid them too.
This will mean your DIY project runs as smoothly as possible, and your outcome is exactly as you had pictured. Winning!
DIY projects can be a lot of fun, but they do require some preparation and focus. Here are some of the most common DIY mistakes we see:
Sounds simple enough – work out what the DIY project is likely to cost and that’s it, right? Well, one thing you can almost always count on when it comes to DIY is the project going above and beyond what you thought it would cost. And if you’re not prepared for this extra cost it can derail your entire plan.
It’s hard to know upfront what an entire project might cost, but try to be as detailed as possible (right down to the sandpaper) and add a buffer for unexpected costs.
Not allocating enough time
Just like a financial budget, your timeline is likely to get blown out too. Many people start a project with an unrealistic timeframe in mind and can get panicked and start to rush the job once a deadline looms.
Again, like a financial budget, try to get as detailed and realistic as possible about how much free time you actually have to complete this project. Take into account things like trips to the hardware store, or breaks for lunch.
DIYing outside of your skill or technical level
Unfortunately for your DIY dreams, some jobs just have to be completed by trained and qualified professionals. Not only will this protect you from potential harm, but it also saves you the risk of damaging something and needing to then have that repaired. Plus, legally a few things have to be done by a professional or you risk getting in a different kind of trouble.
These things usually fall into the categories of plumbing, electrical, roofing and window replacements. When in doubt, best to call someone (like us!) to double check.
Forgoing the need for proper tools
It always surprises us when we hear about someone trying to tackle a DIY project with the completely wrong tools. You wouldn’t feel right trying to eat cereal with a fork, so why would you try to start a DIY project with the wrong tools? Every house should have a basic set of power tools and a well-stocked toolbox. Depending on your project, anything else you need can usually be hired from your local hardware store, or perhaps borrowed from a neighbour or friend.
Not putting safety first
Safety is our number one priority here at Hire A Hubby, and should be for anyone attempting a DIY project. Make sure you’re armed and ready with some safety equipment such as goggles, a hard hat and gloves. Depending on your project, you may need to get your home or yard checked before beginning, for example the ‘dial before you dig’ initiative that aims to prevent people accidentally damaging the underground infrastructure. Make sure you read and understand all safety instructions on any tools you’re using, and wear sunscreen if you’re outdoors!
At Hire A Hubby, we love a good DIY project. If you’re having trouble getting yours finished, or if you just want some backup or an extra set of hands, give us a call on 1800 803 339 to see how we can help.