Do-It-Yourself projects are becoming more popular these days. With so many shows and online tutorials available, DIY projects are appealing as a way to save money. Unfortunately, they are also prone to mistakes which can often cost you more money in the long run. Here are 5 common DIY renovation mistakes to avoid and part of our Florida home renovation tips series.
1. Oversimplifying the Process
Everything online is made to look easy. From installing a deck to renovating an entire bathroom, online videos and tutorials tend to provide quick overviews. They rarely go into the finer details of a comprehensive project. It is important that you understand the full scope of your project before proceeding. This includes materials, supplies, steps, and the order in which they should be completed. Oversimplifying renovations can leave you open to major mistakes.
2. Not Accounting for Technique
As we mentioned above, everything looks easy online. What you may not realize is that professionals complete tasks quickly and make it look easy because they’ve done it many times before. They’ve mastered the technique. If it’s your very first time doing something, you probably won’t complete it as quickly or properly. For example, when installing drywall, will you be able to cover the seams properly and make their connections appear invisible? Will your tiles be equally spaced apart and grout lines smooth? Will your flooring be level and minimize squeaking? Will your cabinets be secured and level? Will your plumbing be leak proof and pitched properly?
3. Completing Steps in the Wrong Order
One of the most common DIY renovation mistakes is completing steps of a project in the wrong order. You may not know you’ve done this until you’re too far along to easily fix it. You may be faced with gutting and restarting the project or accepting that the final look will not be correct. These types of mistakes will likely waste valuable time and money.
4. Going Beyond Your Skillset
Every homeowner has had the “Well, I can do that!” moment. It’s common to go beyond your personal skillsets and make critical mistakes along the way. Some mistakes may be immediately apparent while others can create problems down the road. The thing about going beyond our skillset is that we don’t often know it or are willing to admit it. Imagine you’ve completed a bathroom remodel only to have a major plumbing leak the first time you use the shower? That leak can then damage a lot of your work or extend to other parts of your home.
5. Relying On the Wrong Information
Anyone can publish a website and provide information, whether they have 1 year of experience or 50 years of experience. It is important to consider the source of your information. Relying on the wrong information or incomplete information can lead to serious mistakes.
Avoid Common DIY Renovation Mistakes
Your home is one of the biggest investments that you will make in your lifetime. It’s important that you work to improve and preserve the value of that investment. Some projects are perfect for a DIY approach, while others should really be left to professionals.
Professionals charge not only for their time but also for their experience and technique. That expertise ensures that a project is done properly and quickly. It also takes into account the unique aspects of your home, something that may not be covered in the one-size-fits-all tutorials that you find online. If your renovation project involves major systems such as heating, plumbing, electrical, or structures, it is best that you hire professionals to assist with it. This will ultimately save you time, energy, money, and risk.