With many people spending more time at home due to the pandemic, it makes sense that people are wanting to tackle those little jobs they have been putting off over time.
While learning new skills is something everyone can benefit from, going full steam ahead without prior knowledge when it comes to tackling DIY jobs around the home as a beginner can create more problems than it fixes.
Before tackling those little jobs and potentially creating a bigger job or even worse, something you need to call professionals in to fix, make sure to heed the advice of DIY-ers before you and fully understand what you are doing.
It is very rare that people are able to tackle a job with no prior knowledge or understanding of what they are doing. And do the job well. Remove any doubt about the task at hand before you start tackling the issue by looking for tutorials, blogs or how-to guide online. Ask family members or friends for advice if they have experience or training in that area and take heed of what you find out to make sure you are able to complete the job to a good standard. This is especially important if you are dealing with the structural integrity of your home, your car or anything that requires you to work closely to electric cables or gas mains.
Tools and Supplies
You are only as good as your tool kit as the saying goes. And if you are using cheaper tools and materials then this will show in the quality of your work and the duration your repair will last for.
Use high-quality materials such as Flexcrete for your concrete or damp proofing jobs around the home to give yourself a high-quality finish and to make your life easier when working on the repairs. Cheaper materials may save you money in the short term but could end up costing you more in the long term to keep up with minor issues or failings.
No matter the size of the job, assign a budget to the work you need doing. If your project runs over the budget you may find yourself looking at a sizable amount to finish the job and if you don’t have funds available you will be back to square one all over again.
Research the cost of tolls and materials needed along with timescales and price up the job as a whole before you start. Buy everything you need beforehand so you know you are able to complete the tasks you set yourself without running out of money.
Ask for help
Learning new skills is always a bonus for tackling something new. However, it may be that the job is more complex than you realised. Knowing when to ask for help or bring the professionals in to complete it will help you to avoid the pitfalls of a botched job and more complicated fixes thanks to you making it worse.