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Most Common Mistakes in DIY Home Maintenance

Many people take on DIY home improvements either because they are enthusiastic do it yourselfers or because they hope to save money but, regardless of why they choose to DIY the improvements, all too many find they have bitten off more than they can chew for different reasons.

Below are some of the most common mistakes DIY home improvers make that cause the job to become too big for them.

UNDERESTIMATING THE TASK

Although this is perhaps a mistake beginners may most commonly make, even avid DIY enthusiasts under estimate the requirements and skills needed in order to complete the job effectively. This may lead to professionals having to be called in and thereby exceeding the home owner’s original budget.

TOOLS

Although some jobs may appear easy, many of them are made easy due to the correct tools being available. Many DIY home improvers make the mistake of not having all the tools the job will require before they start. If you do not own the correct tools they should at least know exactly where they can get them when needed before they start. Delaying a project whilst correct tools are located and acquired may result in wasted time whilst using the wrong tools can make a mess of the task.

INCORRECT MEASURING

Whilst professionals are well aware of the saying “Measure twice, cut once,” far too many DIY enthusiasts learn that lesson the hard way. Although taking a measurement may seem easy, it is equally as easy to make mistakes whilst taking them. This can lead to both delays in completing the task due to a shortage of materials and also additions to the overall estimated cost.

MATERIALS

Whilst some DIY home improvers find themselves short of materials due to incorrect measuring, others have the right amount of materials but in order to try and save cost, bought cheap materials which are inappropriate for the task in hand.

Many home improvers have found that it reduces overall costs by using appropriate and quality materials at the start. Some materials may be cheaper but are found not to be sturdy enough for their intended use. Other cheap materials tend to break or misshape whilst being put in place, leading to extra amounts having to be bought.

BAD BUDGETING

In order to ensure a DIY enthusiast can complete a home improvement task, it is imperative they budget all the relevant costs before they start. Unfortunately many make the mistake of forgetting one or other aspect in their budget plan and this often results in a job remaining unfinished until the extra funds are available.

SAFETY FIRST

As a home improver may want to reduce costs as much as possible, they will often forego buying relevant safety equipment and tools for every aspect of the task. This can be a serious mistake as not only can an avoidable accident cause a disruption and delay in the project being completed but could also result in a serious injury to person performing a task without safety equipment.

PERMITS

As a home improver may want to reduce costs as much as possible, they will often forego buying relevant safety equipment and tools for every aspect of the task. This can be a serious mistake as not only can an avoidable accident cause a disruption and delay in the project being completed but could also result in a serious injury to person performing a task without safety equipment.

Whilst a DIY home improvement can certainly save money, it will only save money if approached in a professional manner, taking into consideration all aspects including safety and quality as well as cost. Larger tasks should therefore only be undertaken by DIY enthusiasts who have had previous successful experience with smaller tasks first.

Of course, if you rather avoid these mistakes and hire CPMS professionals, please get in touch

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