Ways to Avoid DIY Home Improvement Disasters

Ways to Avoid DIY Home Improvement Disasters
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    In theory, undertaking improvements on your house should be a no brainer as how hard can it be getting into some painting clothes, going to the hardware shop and whipping up that wall you’ve been meaning to do for so long?

    In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth.


There are some DIY projects that can be done by more or less anyone fit enough, such as painting, but the majority of projects can end up costing you a lot of money if not planned out and then executed properly. Plus, particular jobs are just too dangerous to attempt if you are a first-timer or have no clue as to what you should be doing.

Get the Pros In

Although many jobs look simple on paper, the reality is that they are not. Structural changes to a house such as extending your garage will more than likely need a professional in as you may have permits you need to adhere too and it is paramount to make sure the extension is structurally sound.



There not many people that should, or would be, completely confident when attempting wiring of a home as it is so dangerous should something go wrong. Make sure you only have the wiring done by an electrician because if anything goes wrong, you can claim under your insurance as some companies won’t pay if you have had work done, but it is not signed off by a professional in the first place.


Plumbing is always such a contentious issue as not only is it bad news if a pipe fails, but it’s also the effect it has on everything around as if you have leaks and burst pipes, there is a big risk of many household items getting damaged. In order to avoid plumbing emergencies, make sure you employ a licensed plumber who knows his stuff.

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Know the Price

One of the reasons people even attempt to do home DIY projects is for the money they believe they will be saving. They think they can buy supplies without having to pay out middle man fees, or having to pay a contractor or project manager. However, it is very important to meticulously plan the cost of the project, alongside a contingency plan, so you have an idea of what it will cost and how much it may go over.

By doing this, you will know if the project is realistically achievable by doing it by yourself, or, once you have included all the costs, if it may be more cost-effective (and safer) to employ someone to complete the job.

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Sometimes it may seem that planning the finer detail and working out who can do what seems a bit much, but the best way to avoid disaster financially and physically is by knowing exactly what needs to be done and how much it will cost. DIY is not one of those projects you can just cross your fingers and hope for the best, as if you do, inevitably something goes wrong somewhere along the way, to the detriment of cost and possibly health.

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