Home renovation is a daunting task, whether you do it all yourself or pay the pros to do it for you. Especially for the newbie DIYer, it’s hard to know how much is too much to tackle. After all, no one wants their home to look like they did it themselves. If you’re looking to DIY some or all of your remodel, consider these tips before you get started.
Overestimate Your Skills
If you’ve spent a week as a gofer on a construction site or your uncle once let you watch while he installed a ﬂoating countertop, you may feel like you know what you’re doing. And maybe you do. But don’t assume that hard work and YouTube will make up for lack of skill or experience. It’s always best to consult a professional if you feel uncertain about how to proceed with a project.
Mess With Wires
Or pipes. Or gas lines. Electricity, plumbing, and gas are always best left to the pros. A rookie mistake with one of these elements at best results in a huge mess, and at worst results in your untimely death. Stay alive and mess free; call a pro.
Bust Through Walls
It’s never wise to fool around with what keeps the ceiling from falling on your head. Successfully taking out walls requires a thorough understanding of the bearing and transfer of weight. If your understanding of those principles is fuzzy, get help from a pro.
Especially for your ﬁrst home DIY, there’s no shame in taking one step at a time. Buy one can of paint, spend one afternoon, paint one wall. If you love it and can’t wait to paint the rest of the house, then go out and get the rest of your supplies. Breaking up projects into small, achievable goals will keep you from getting overwhelmed.
Click ﬂooring, that is. Any ﬂoating ﬂoor that has click-together installation is a DIYer’s dream. Just follow the instructions on the box! To allow for error, make sure you purchase 10% more than what you need. To prevent buckling later, leave a little space around the edges of the room.
If you prep like a pro, your paint job will look pro. Putty over any holes, caulk any gaps around trim, and tape over anything you don’t intend to paint. When using a roller, rolling top to bottom leave a smoother ﬁnish, because there’s less pressure on the trailing edge.
It’s going to get done, and it’s going to look good. Mistakes are easily repaired, but relationships can be more difficult. So stay loose, be nice, and learn to laugh at yourself.
DIY projects should never lead to disaster. Pay attention to these tips, and your projects never will!