Do we actually learn from our mistakes? Across the board, there are 4 common DIY mishaps that continuously occur.
Disclaimer: our pictures aren’t meant to set an example. They sure are funny though! At least little miss Kinsey has glasses on. Thanks for sharing the pictures Cindy!
So, you may have noticed that DIY, or do it yourself, has morphed into quite a trend. It’s a pretty cool concept, people taking the initiative to fix things up and revive elements of home that may have seen better days. There is a prominent turnover of homes today that fall into the ‘fixer upper’ category. In their prime, these homes were the trendsetters, the essence of interior design for the era. Now, they’ve come full circle and many are ready for overhaul. However, there are trends today that directly mimic those born in the 60s and 70s. Mid-century pieces and design elements are popular. Depending on your taste, aspects of your fixer upper or mid-century style home might just pass today’s trend standards. With that said, if you are DIY-ing, keep these valuable tips in mind.
According to Matt D’Alesio for todayshomowner.com, the top 5 DIY mistakes are:
- Taking on more than meets the eye. It is easy to brainstorm and visualize an idea for a project, but the project itself is another animal. If you aren’t versed in electrical knowledge, don’t try to wire a plug. If you haven’t used certain tools necessary to complete a job, learn how to use them properly and safely first.
- Measuring incorrectly. The general rule of thumb is to measure, measure again and then measure one more time to top it off. A good tip that may often be overlooked is to make sure the tools you’re using to measure are accurate.
- Using the incorrect tools for the job. Don’t ruin your hard work on a particular project! In addition, it can be extremely dangerous to use the incorrect tools. Make sure you know what you are doing before you start; do the necessary research.
- Plan & budget; budget & plan. A great way to prepare for a project, financially as well as general knowledge of what it entails is to sketch it out on paper. Account for every single expense and add a 10% buffer onto your overall budget in case you run into a issue down the line.
- SAFETY. This one should probably be first on the list. Always plan out safety measures before starting. If you’re painting, make sure there is adequate ventilation. If it’s especially cold out and you’re painting inside, maybe hold off until the weather clears up. Wear safety glasses, even if they’re ugly and uncomfortable; just do it! Contact a professional if you have an doubts or concerns about a project.
Again, at 2-10.com, Rebecca Ward discusses 6 things to watch out for, 3 of which have already been listed above:
- Fixing things temporarily and not the proper way. This method has a way of brushing the real problem under the rug and perhaps making it worse and ore costly in the long run. Also, it could make the problem even worse than it was to start out.
- Cutting corners on materials and going the ‘cheap’ route. It’s like shoes; if you buy a cheap pair, they may only last for a year or two. If you invest and buy a quality made pair, they could last for 5+ years. To conclude, if you buy cheap materials for building, remodeling, etc…it’s likely they won’t last nearly as long. You can find good materials at lower costs, you just have to search and keep an eye out.
- SAFETY. Don’t ignore this! Save yourself a headache in more ways than one! Protect yourself and anyone else working on a project properly.
- Measuring incorrectly or not at all. Prevent yourself from buying an unnecessary amount of materials. On the flip side, make sure you have enough material. It’d be terrible to not have enough, attempt to order more yet only to find the store is out of stock or the product has been discontinued!
- Missing the proper supplies. Make sure to have every supply as well as the proper supplies you’ll need before you start!
- Not looking into permit rules and regulations for your area. Make sure to have the proper permits depending on the type of project(s) you’re undertaking. Here’s an extremely valuable tip: if something is installed incorrectly and an accident occurs, an insurance company may not cover the damage if it was completed/ installed without a permit.
Lastly, we’ve gathered some more tips and statistics from KC Morgan at doityourself.com:
- Be safe! Keep pets away from work zones and use protective wear to keep yourself safe. Oh, keep kids away from work zones too.
- Don’t get in over your head. Remember, you don’t have to do it all yourself. More than 4,000 people per year are injured trying to make electrical fixes and/ or doing general DIY projects.
- Exercise caution with yard work and cleaning inside the house. Tools for the yard can be very dangerous if used incorrectly, just as household cleaners can be. Use them properly.
Did you know? 43 million people make DIY fixes every year and 1 out of every 5 are injured (and end up in the hospital) when doing so! Ladders, hand tools, table tools and knives are big culprits when it comes to accidents.
Can we all agree we’ll learn from these mistakes and not make them again? With that said, go forth and DIY-it-up, but do it right the first time! Having fun should always be on your ‘To Do’ list. Be safe, but enjoy it while you’re doing it. These guys have the right idea!