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Whether you’re a first time DIY-er, or you’ve been fixing stuff around the house since you could first hold a drill, it’s easy to slip-up. If you’re not careful then before you know it, both your time and money could vanish like a puff of smoke. Some faults can be fixed easily enough, but it’s better to know ahead of time which mistakes you can avoid. We’ve put together this handy list of top 5 common DIY mistakes that everyone should know.
Make your spirit level your spirit animal
Your spirit level should be your number one best friend when you’re thinking about putting up shelves. You might think you’re got the steadiest hands and the keenest eyes, but you’ll never be more accurate than a bubble in water. And few things will irritate you more than a slanted shelf. It will save you a lot of time and energy later on when you’re not having to wonder why all your books slide off the shelves.
Failing to plan is planning to fail
Putting up cladding can make your bathroom or kitchen look like a million pounds, but bear in mind that sooner or later, you’re going to need access to the pipes to fix them. If you’ve sprung a leak you’re not going to want to tear down the walls, so the best way to avoid turning your home into an indoor water park is to think ahead and plan one removable panel that gives you access easily.
If you do want an indoor water park
We were joking about the water park, but you’ve have no idea how many times unsuspecting people forget to turn off the water before they start their DIY adventure. Forgetting to turn off the water can lead to all sorts of issues, including damaged pipes or water damage. So make sure you know where the primary valve location is before you start anything and turn that water off! You’ll save time and money in the long run.
Quality isn’t expensive, it’s priceless
You can’t fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal. You wouldn’t go to a restaurant if the ingredients were cheap, so why would you want to use cheap materials for your renovation? It doesn’t take long to do some research and find out which tools and materials you need to complete your dream project. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take your time and compare prices, but make sure you’re getting the quality you’re paying for. If in doubt, ask for samples.
Blowing your budget
The whole point of doing DIY is to save yourself some money. Don’t run yourself into ruin just to match that aesthetic you once saw on Pinterest. You’ll regret it when you’ve no more money halfway through your project and you end up with a bathroom that reminds you of garbage truck. If you can, plan to have over 30% more money than your budget plans for. That way if you do run into any issues, you’ll have a little extra money to save you.
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