Home improvement projects have certainly taken off in Australia with almost two-thirds of households undertaking some type of renovations in 2017. Maybe it’s all the home improvement TV shows or maybe the heightened cost of living is motivating home owners to renovate themselves. In any case, the family home is very sentimental and every home can do with a makeover every now and then. With all the information you need at your fingertips, why not renovate your home yourself?
If you’re only a novice to home improvement jobs then you’ll obviously need to do plenty of research to discover how to complete the project at hand. There are many aspects which need to be considered, such as building permits, city council approvals, along with all the tools and scaffolding when working from heights. Don’t be fooled by your favourite home and gardens show – home improvement is rarely easy! To guide you in the right direction, today we’ll be discussing 6 mistakes to avoid when undertaking DIY projects around the home.
Making changes mid-project
Once you’ve completed all your research and planning, it’s strongly encouraged to stick to these plans all the way through. For most people, it can be tempting to add some extra items or change the design completely mid-way through the project because they thought of something better. These changes can really inflate your budget and time-frame and while they may seem like a good idea at the time, it’s really just the contagious bug that is home improvement!
Going over budget
Never assume that your budget won’t change once you’ve made all the designs and plans. You should always leave room in your budget for extra items, materials, and labour. Even when you plan to perform all the jobs in your project, you may find that you need a contractor to help you with some technical aspects or you miscalculated how much materials are needed. Unforeseen circumstances always arise such as plumbing or electrical issues once you’ve opened up the walls, so always have flexibility in your budget.
Ignoring structural issues
A common mistake made by home-owners is not checking for any structural issues before starting their home improvement project. While most projects involve cosmetic repairs and improvements, it’s the structural issues such as pipes, wiring, and framing (the stuff you don’t see) which are the most vital. While they may be an unexpected cost you didn’t account for, it will save you heaps of money in the long-run to fix them rather than ignore them.
Accepting the first quote
When searching for materials and tools, never accept the first quote that is given to you. It’s paramount that you do enough research to understand what each quote includes and doesn’t include along with recognising what the terms entail. For example, if you decide to rent scaffolding for the weekend, ensure the terms don’t lock you into a minimum rental period of 30 days! Do your homework and always get multiple quotes from different companies.
Risking your safety for a cheaper or quicker outcome
The most critical aspect of any home improvement project is the safety of you and those around you. There is a striking rate of accidents and injuries amongst home-owners performing DIY projects. When working from heights, ensure that scaffolding has been properly erected by qualified professionals and always use fall protection safety. You should consider hiring contractors if you’re not confident in working with powered tools, electrical lines, and other technical aspects of your home.
Similar to your budget, the time-frame to complete your project should never be underestimated. A simple weekend job may take much longer than a couple of days and you need to account for delays, your experience level, and the learning curve. Too many people aren’t flexible enough in their time schedule and end up blowing their budget because they didn’t leave themselves enough time to complete their project.
Home improvement projects should never be rushed. There’s a large amount of preparation, planning, time, and resources that is required to ensure your project is successful, so it’s better to do it right the first time. DIY projects are fun are meaningful, but if you require any assistance with technical work then don’t compromise safety for a few dollars and hire a contractor instead.
If your next home improvement project requires the use of any formwork or scaffolding, get in touch with the specialists at Uni-Span by phoning 1300 882 825.