Saturday, July 15, 2017

Don’t Let DIY Disasters be Part of Your Future

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It seems like every time you switch on the TV there are countless home improvement shows telling you how easy it is to do up your own home with just a few basic tools, but those shows are lying to you! They use professionals to achieve their results, and if you try some of the things they do for yourself, without the relevant skills or knowledge, you could end up with a DIY disaster and an unattractive house that no one wants to buy on your hands! Don’t let that happen! Check out these tips to prevent future DIY disasters from ruining your property:

Know When to Get a Professional In

Before you start attempting to fix that crack in the ceiling or sort out that leaky plumbing once and for good, sit down and seriously think if you have the skills to do the job. This is a tough one, because only you will know how capable you are and we don’t always access our skills accurately, so, if you’re in any doubt, call in an affordable ceiling repairs company in Perth, or get in touch with a good local plumber, who you know can do the work for you. It really isn’t worth running the risk of messing up a job for the sake of saving a few dollars, especially because, if you get it wrong, it could end up costing your thousands to put right!

Apply for the Relevant Permits

If you don’t want to be left sobbing on the street as they haul your new windows away or tell you that your lovely new decking will have to go, make sure that you find out if you’ll need a permit before you start a new DIY project. What does and does not require a permit will vary significantly, but if you’re making structural changes to the home, working on a large project or knocking down walls, chances are you will need to seek permission first.

Calculate the Cost Carefully

The guy on the TV might have been able to build an internal wall for $2000, but that doesn’t mean you can. He’s an expert who has lots of contacts in the industry and the know-how to cut costs without compromising safety. If you want to avoid a disastrous DIY bill, you need to sit down and really calculate the cost of your projects, taking into account materials, tools, fixtures and fittings. Get quotes for everything from timber to tradesmen (if you’re using any), but don’t just go with the cheapest quote – take into account quality too.

Prepare for Success

The best way to prevent a DIY disaster is with careful planning. Read instruction manuals, watch videos, take measurements, look at plans, take classes and do anything else you can to ensure that everything goes right on the day. If you don’t do this, you could end up drilling through electrical wiring, running out of essential materials or building something that simply doesn’t fit the space.

What do you do to ensure your DIY projects don’t end in failure?

xxo
Kim

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