Saturday, February 14, 2015

Avoiding DIY Mistakes

Avoiding DIY Mistakes
DIY home improvement attracts a lot of people who want a cheaper way to fix up and renovate their homes. It's a great option for those who have electrical, plumbing and carpentry skills and for those who've had experience with similar projects.

Nowadays, there is an abundant number of resources and instructional material available, giving novices a chance to jump on the bandwagon as well. Making mistakes is part of the process, but these mistakes often causes delays in completing the project and also adds to the costs. These mistakes are not just confined to wrong measurements and buying inferior products. A lot of other factors can cause problems for people who want to go the DIY route.

Things to Remember
When we hire professionals, they usually remind us about or take care of legal matters and paperwork themselves. This includes getting a building permit, especially for bigger, more complicated projects.

Getting a permit from the local housing authority may seem like an unnecessary formality, but the truth is, a permit keeps us in line and helps us stick with building and safety codes and prevents any future penalties we may need to pay if it is discovered that the building activity violates a bunch of different building codes and guidelines.

Once you've finalized your plans and have gotten your permit, make sure that you estimate your budget correctly. It is advisable to set aside more money than you intend to spend to be sure that you won't need to stop construction due to a lack of funds to complete the project.

DIY may be cheaper than paying professionals to do the job, but make sure that you don't start the project until you have enough money to see it through.

Aside from money, time is also a major consideration when renovating and fixing our homes. It is important to map out a realistic time line and don't panic and cut corners when you're falling behind on your deadline. Setting aside a couple of weekends may not be enough time, especially for bigger projects.

Finally, when working on a home improvement project, it is good to know your limitations in terms of skills. Don't try to do something outside the realm of what you could actually do. This would prevent costly mistakes and accidents. If these tasks need to be done, consider hiring someone to do these small but difficult sections of the project.

Doing home improvement projects by yourself dramatically reduces the cost of renovating your home. It's a good option, but make sure you are ready before you take on DIY tasks.

DIY Resources:

Teds Woodworking
Created by Ted McGrath, "Teds Woodworking" is one of the most popular woodworking plans and projects packages online today.
More info here

Furniture Craft Plans
Over 9,000 premium woodworking furniture and craft plans that you can easily follow at home.
More info here

Home Made Power Plant
There are some other guides for DIY wind and solar generators, but all of those that I've read don't get into the same details.
More info here

My Boat Plans
My Boat Plans is a comprehensive collection of 518 boat plans, 40 videos and about 500 pages of boat building guides.
More info here

Chickens 4 Wealth
Absolutely everything you need to know to get started with backyard chickens and produce your own eggs.
More info here

About the Author
If you are interested in DIY projects, Steve Waller's website is a good stopover.

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