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9 DIY Home Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

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Did you know that 80% of homeowners surveyed in July 2020 started a DIY home maintenance, repair, or remodeling project? A lot of those projects weren’t completed because of expensive materials, supply chain disruptions, or the overall complexity of the work.

One of the biggest fears of DIY home remodeling is starting a project that doesn’t actually get finished.

Before you get started on your next project, there are nine common mistakes that you should avoid. Keep reading to learn some key home improvement tips to save you time, money, and peace of mind in the long term.

  1. Choosing the Wrong DIY Home Remodeling Projects

You should take on realistic tasks that can be completed effectively and safely. It’s a good idea to consult a general contractor before taking on projects like building a staircase, remodeling a kitchen, or demolishing a wall.

  1. Focusing Entirely on Aesthetics

A solid foundation is key for any project. Using quality materials will prevent costly repairs in the future. By ignoring the sub-structure when replacing the tile in the bathroom, you could create long-term mold problems.

  1. Getting the Incorrect Measurements

Measuring twice is an easy way to avoid silly mistakes. Even a small discrepancy can throw off your entire project. It’s important to use the same measuring tool during your entire project.

  1. Rushing the Planning Process

Clearly planning your renovation ahead of time will guarantee that you have the skills, tools, and materials you need to complete a DIY project. Finding instructional videos will ensure you don’t skip important steps or prep work.

  1. Forgetting to Get Permission

Government permits guarantee safety requirements are fulfilled. Neglecting to get the right permission can cause trouble in the long term. DIY home remolding projects that could require permits include decks, fences, water heater replacement, structural changes, and garages and sheds.

  1. Using the Wrong Tools

Specific equipment is required for certain projects and types of materials. Using the wrong tools can cause injuries or increase the project timeline. Low-priced tools can make a renovation process more complex and cause unintended structural damage.

  1. Using Low-Quality Materials

It’s important to do your research and find the correct materials for your project. If you do purchase supplies, make sure you keep everything in a dry and cool location. Only use good materials that aren’t fading, discolored, or warped with water damage.

  1. Overlooking Safety

Proper equipment like safety glasses, long-sleeved clothing, dust masks, and hearing protection can provide initial protection. It’s always a good idea to hire a professional if you are completing electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work.

  1. Taking on Too Much

Did you know at least a quarter of homeowners find DIY projects more expensive or challenging than expected? While you may initially save money by doing your own labor—materials, safety gear, power tools, and mistakes can quickly add up.

Starting Your Home Renovation Project

While every home repair project is a learning opportunity, it’s important to do proper planning and research. Completing a DIY home remodeling project can be rewarding when you prepare beforehand.

If you enjoyed our DIY tips, check out some of our other new home renovation content.

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