DIY projects can be save you money – if you can get them right. Here are my worst DIY project mistakes that you will hopefully avoid.
Taking on a DIY project at home can be exciting and scary at the same time depending on the scope of the project and your actual expertise as a do-it-yourselfer. In many cases, DIY enthusiasts find themselves having to call a professional handy man to come in and rescue the project after wasting so much time and money on something that just wasn’t headed anywhere. Here are some of my worst DIY project mistakes.
DIY electrical repairs
I will share this information with you free of charge. If you are going to be tinkering with electrical wires, the best course of action is to simply…NOT. Unless you have an electrical degree or some kind of professional electrical training under your belt then you should leave this sort of thing to the professionals. Any mistakes here could lead to a series of unfortunate events that may include:
Causing a power outage for the entire neighbourhood
Damage to your electrical devices
The police might even get involved
All of these possible issues should keep you off any and all electrical projects. Just shell out the money for a professional electrician, it is far safer that way.
DIY water piping projects
Yes, you can make repairs to little issues like a blocked sink or bathtub. There is a good chance that these issues will not require the overhauling of your entire water management and supply system. But once you figure out there are issues such as reduced water pressure, outages and muddy water coming from the faucets, then maybe you should call a professional plumber.
In many cases, the issues that cause things such as loss of water pressure and muddy water flowing from the faucets involve the replacement of entire pipes and even shutting the water off the main supplies. Your local city council will not like it when you tamper with these sort of things. Let accredited and qualified professionals handle these kinds of issues.
DIY roofing repairs
This is a big one, roofing repairs will determine the integrity of the entire home. If you are not absolutely sure about what you are doing, do not try to climb up to the roof and make DIY repairs. Call a roofing contractor who will give you a thorough rundown of what needs to be repaired immediately and what needs preemptive repairs. 5 years down the line, this decision will prove sound.
Of course, as the owner of the home, there will be those moments when you want to prove your mettle or simply save some money by taking on several DIY projects. This is not an entirely bad thing. Most of these projects could prove vital as far as the value of your home is concerned. I, however, urge you to focus and narrow your efforts on projects such as:
Painting the house
Updating the porch
Updating your furniture
Buying new fixtures
Do not let your enthusiasm get you into deep financial, legal and logistical trouble by taking on way more than you can chew.