Are you ready to tackle that home project that you’ve been thinking about for months? Whether you’re just giving the walls a new coat of paint in a different colour or adding square footage to your home, there are some little-known setbacks to watch out for. Likewise, there are several things you can do to make your project easier. Avoid learning by trial-and-error with these useful DIY tips.

“Do-it-yourself” isn’t always meant to be by yourself. As proud as it may make you feel to have completed your home improvement project solo, many times, this is neither safe nor reasonable. If you are taking on a job of a larger scope, such as installing solar panels, or if you are moving unwieldy objects, such as cabinets, it’s important to ask for help. This will not only help you finish in a reasonable time but also make sure that you get the best results possible.

You may need to get permits before making any changes to your home. Small projects like painting or re-carpeting usually are at the discretion of the owner. However, if your DIY task list involves demolition, you should first check with your local council to see if you need any permits for the work that you want to do. This will help keep you on good terms with the neighbours and keep you within your legal rights as a homeowner. If you start work on your home without a permit and your local inspection authority finds out, you could be forced to undo all of your renovations.

You could have major issues lurking underneath the surface. From mould to termites, and from faulty electrical wiring to asbestos, possible issues with the foundation and frame of your home can be annoying or just outright deadly. This is why it’s best to get a home inspection before disturbing the framework in any way. Knowing what you are getting into–literally–before you start is your best shot at avoiding nuisances like compensation for asbestos claims.

Your project may take more time and money than you expect. This is a key point that many homeowners miss when they are planning their DIY projects. You should include a buffer of time and money that roughly equals ten percent of your budget. Planning for the unexpected will help you stay focused and keep you calm should mishaps take place.

Success is determined by safety. No one will be impressed with your completely refinished bathroom if you had to break your back to get it done. Remember that your body is the ultimate home, so keep it intact by always wearing the proper clothing and using the right tools. Having a spotter or someone to help lift heavy objects is also a key way to achieve DIY success.

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