- #1 -- Invest in the right tools
- #2 -- Set a budget for every item
- #3 -- Shop where the pros shop
- #4 -- Be careful of buying online
Isn’t it true that certain DIY projects can sometimes turn into DI-Why projects?
Some things just aren’t meant to be done on your own whether it is lighting, flooring, or installing cabinets!
The trick is to know what your skills are before you decide to spend money on the project. You might end up spending a lot on the materials and, if you don’t know what you are doing, you might pay even more for someone to fix the mistakes you made – and could have avoided!
Each DIY project is different, but there are always a set of golden rules you need to follow to ensure that you don’t spend too much and that you are prepared for whatever upgrade you decide to do.
A simple choice that you decide on can make or break your success. Here are four things that will protect you from making expensive and unnecessary DIY mistakes:
#1 — Invest in the right tools
This is a good opportunity to practice balancing cost and durability.
You can buy any tool for an inexpensive price but is it going to do the job that you want it to?
You might get halfway with your paint job and suddenly the bristles of the paintbrush start falling out. It is important that you research brands and shop according to name instead of according to price.
This is one aspect where you can’t afford to be stingy. If you need expensive tools you are never going to use again, consider renting them.
#2 — Set a budget for every item
While it is important to have a budget for the entire project, it is also important to have a set budget for every single item that you are going to use.
You might end up buying a cheap fixture just because something else is more expensive, but this often leads to poor quality.
Do your research and know the pricing before purchasing anything. Shop around and have a long look at what you can get for your buck.
There might be some adjustments made along the way – you can’t plan for everything – but if you have a set structure in your budget, it will be easier for you to distribute the money evenly.
#3 — Shop where the pros shop
As a first-time DIY-er, it might be easier to walk into any old shop that sells what you need, but is it something that is going to last you a long time?
Renovations on your house are supposed to last for quite some time with the goal of boosting your home value.
This is why it is important to shop where the seasoned DIY-ers shop.
Retail stores don’t always give you the specific advice that you need especially if this is something new to you. You might buy nails and wood for your outdoor deck, for example, but no one will tell you that the wood isn’t suitable for outdoor use.
Visit a store where the staff know what you need before you do.
#4 — Be careful of buying online
Buying online might be simple and more convenient, but you are going to have to reconsider this option when purchasing DIY equipment.
The picture of the tub you saw online might look great, but what are you going to do when it arrives and the enamel is coming off on the inside, leaving it with big black spots?
This is definitely something you want to avoid!
It is much better to see and touch products. This way you get a feel (literally and figuratively) of what it would be like to have it in your home.