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DIY Disasters – Avoiding the Pitfalls of Home Improvement

From painting the roof to sanding down the kitchen table, DIY and home improvement is a messy business. Yes, it's easy to call in the professionals and, in some instances, it's incredibly advisable.

With plumbing and electrical work for example, if you're not specifically trained then it is inadvisable to have a go at it yourself, unless it is something simple such as rewiring a plug.

For most household improvement jobs, however, the average man (or woman) is capable of carrying out the task at hand without any professional help. Of course, as you'd expect, if you're a DIY novice then there will be some hitches along the way, but there are some incredibly simple steps you can take to avoid DIY nightmares occurring.

Here's how you can avoid the pitfalls of home improvement and save hundreds of pounds on handymen.

Protect your home with simple solutions

Plan for Perfection
"Fail to prepare, prepare to fail" is the old adage, and it couldn't be truer when it comes to DIY. It's just a fact that, if you know exactly what you plan to do before you begin you'll be calmer, more knowledgeable and much more likely to succeed.
On the flip side of this, if you dive straight into the project, you're much more likely to end up unhappy with the final result, even after hours and hours of stress. As well as all this, over spending, wasting materials and time are all common with failed planning. In short, we really can't express just how important it is to plan, plan and plan.

Preparing for the Renovation
Most DIY disasters occur when shortcuts are taken. For example, when you're painting, you must lay your dust sheets and tape the walls properly because, if not, disaster could strike. Something as simple as a paint tin falling onto an uncovered carpet can cost you hundreds of pounds in repairs, and paining over somewhere that should be taped off can mean that your renovation project takes far longer than you budgeted for- something that's a disaster if you've only booked one day off work.
Protecting your home is vital when you're renovating, and you should take every possible step to avert disaster. If it means spending a full day preparing before you start, then so be it. In the long run, it's for the best. For tips on how to prepare your room properly, see Safestore's blog on protecting your home. It'll help stop you from forgetting something really simple.

Use the Correct Tools for the Job
Let's face it, from time to time we've all at least once used a knife to unscrew a screw and used something heavy as a form of crude hammer. From now on, however, this is something we must avoid at all costs. It may take extra time (and a little bit of extra money) to source and use the correct tools, but it will be well worth it when you see the final product. There's also this helpful jargon buster if you're flustered by the terminology.

Using the correct tool means that you have a much greater amount of control over the outcome; helping you avert any potential disasters. After all, nobody wants to use the wrong hammer and put a nail straight through a pipe!

Avoiding DIY disasters is easier than you'd think, and taking simple steps can help you avoid the pitfalls of home improvement. The three steps above may all seem simple, but it's amazing how many times we overlook them.

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