The decision to purchase a house or condo is the biggest and most costly decision you will make in your life, and if you are selling the property, most of us will want to make some improvements that will increase your profits. However, it can be difficult to keep it all within budget and in the timeframe you create without giving up quality – it’s a challenging balancing act. Here are 6 top DIY mistakes to avoid in your improvements.
Mistake #1. Changing your mind
There are many people who get halfway through a project and then decide that they want to do it differently. Maybe you see a new idea in a magazine or at the store, and then you suddenly want to change everything. This is the top DIY mistake out there, and it is going to blow your budget and your timeframe. Don’t do it!
Mistake #2. Being unrealistic
DIY can be quite simple, however, if your desire is to import antique marble, or work with granite, you need to know what you are getting yourself into in terms of practicality and having the time, skills, and money to carry out your idea.
If buying something is going to stretch your budget, don’t buy it and then cut corners somewhere else − remember potential buyers will view the property as a whole, and they will notice shortcuts. Sit down and decide how much you can realistically put into this upgrade project.
Mistake #3. Not putting the necessary time in
You need to be strict and commit yourself to put in the necessary hours. You can’t procrastinate, nor can you work for an hour and then take the rest of the day off and feel good about it – this will only cause more DIY mistakes to happen. If you have your furniture in storage or perhaps your moving deadline is quickly approaching, then falling behind on your DIY project can be expensive.
Mistake #4. Making it up on the fly
This is the DIY mistake that happens when there is no proper planning. A tradesman does not start the job before they know exactly how to finish it. If you are halfway through and then realize that something isn’t going to work or fit, it’s pretty difficult to stay on track with your project.
Mistake #5. Not reading the instructions
You need to know what a certain tool or a specific material will do and how you work with it. If you decide you are just going to use what you have laying around the house it might be cheaper at the start, but it is highly likely that somewhere along the line you are going to run into a problem, compromise on quality, or have to redo it. Even worse, you might have to hire a professional to fix your mess.
Mistake #6. Being hasty
At first, it might seem like rushing around is working well, but soon you’ll see obvious compromises on the workmanship and the project overall. If you are just going to slap a coat of paint without taping or doing the prep, it’s going to look worse, not better.
Hopefully, this will not shy you away from taking on some DIY projects that you’ve been thinking about because many DIY are carried out successfully – it doesn’t immediately spell disaster. Just be prepared!
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