The Top 10 Common DIY Home Improvement Mistakes

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As a “do-it-yourselfer”, there are probably about a hundred mistakes you can make in the process of redecorating your home. Before, you can see the desired results, there would be plenty of materials and money, gone to waste. Here are more home improvement mistakes committed by hundreds of do-it-yourselfers around the world.

Gutting everything

Be careful when deciding to renovate one part of your home by having a foolproof plan. You don’t want to get carried away and take everything out, when some parts are still salvageable. You must go for steam cleaning professional’s opinion for the primary cleaning process of walls.

 small-bathroom-remodeling-ideas-640x427-on-bathroomniceIn building a small bathroom

If you want to make the most out of a small bath area, choose the proper fixtures. Toilets and narrower sinks are suggested, choosing otherwise would make the area too small to move around.

couple-paintingUsing the wrong paint type

To prevent getting the wrong kind of paint for your DIY project, always have a reference to what type you should use for that particular part of the house. If in doubt as to which you should get, always ask a salesperson to help you out.

 

  • Flat – is a low sheen that is non-reflective in appearance. It is appropriate for low ceilings.

 

  • Flat-enamel – it has a low luster appearance that is perfect for bedrooms and other moderate traffic areas.

 

  • Eggshell – Mostly used in the living room for its soft and velvety finish.

 

  • Satin – satin can be used for high traffic areas like the kitchen. It provides pearl-like appearance on your walls.

 

  • Semi-gloss – it results in radiant walls and perfect to use on cabinets.Not knowing what you are getting yourself into

It is not enough that you have prepared for your DIY project, budget and all. You must also consider having a fall back, if ever the project fails. You must consider possible mistakes.

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Disregarding a home inspection

A home inspection is essential when renovating a part of the house. It addresses important safety issues. This is the best time to ask questions and make yourself an informed homeowner.

 Purchasing cheap materials

If you buy materials that are not made of fine quality, chances are your DIY project would not look as good as you pictured it would be. Also, they will probably disintegrate quickly, just give it a month or two. Nothing can ever compare with using good quality materials, DIY or not.

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Working with the wrong tools

If you are using a tool for an entirely different purpose, chances are the outcome would not be as good. Also, it can be very dangerous.

Ignoring electrical outlets

Before you proceed with your project, always consider your electric wiring first. It might need a few tweaks or might even require you to change it for the sake of safety.

Not knowing limitations

Human strength and capabilities have their own limits. You can’t do everything by yourself, so have somebody around to help you out when there’s a need to.

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Not obtaining a permit

However small or big your project is, always obtain a permit. It is important to follow the law regarding these situations, as it can lead to bigger problems if ignored.

 

 

So, before you make your DIY projects, make sure you follow all these to prevent backfires, accidents and legal mishaps. After that, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with satisfaction.

 

 

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