DIY is a largely popular trend, and hobby for many homeowners. As we head towards the warmer months, DIY opportunity and desire is likely to increase. When it comes to do-it-yourself renovations or projects, it is important to know when it is beyond your limits of knowledge and safety.
Some projects that can be fun and easy for DIY are homemade planters, garden updates, furniture building, landscaping, art pieces etc. The “not for everyone” DIY projects are often those that involve more possibility for injury, and/or projects that require a higher level of skill. For example, projects that require you to climb a ladder always have a higher potential for injury and it’s important you follow strict safety measures. There are also projects that require a certain level of skills that not everyone possesses like roofing, pool installation, gutter installation, etc. Some homeowners may posses the skill needed for these projects, but they are not for everyone, and if done incorrectly can have serious impacts on your home, or safety.
Here are some DIY dos and don’ts. When planning a DIY project make sure you:
- DO plan accordingly. It is common for homeowners to underestimate the complexity or time needed to complete a certain project. It is also hard to plan for unexpected obstacles. Be sure that you are planning out the project, the timeline, and materials needed as best as you can before you get started. Getting started without doing this first can result in an unfinished project, more work than expected, or a DIY mishap. If you are planning a gutter DIY project, we have several blogs on how to prepare which can be found here.
- DON’T use the incorrect tools. Using the wrong tools for a project can not only result in an incomplete or improper DIY job, but it also increases potential for injury. According to an article on lifehack.org, 87,000 people are admitted into the hospital due to injury from tools or machinery a year. Another large statistic for hospital admissions each year are those resulting from “improvising” specifically in relation to ladder usage.
- DO start small. If this is your first DIY project, make sure your hopes and visions are not bigger than your capabilities. It is easy to see a project on digital boards like Pinterest that inspires you to get to work, but make sure you are being realistic. Start with smaller projects and from there, you can grow towards your bigger visions.
- DON’T forget to monitor your surroundings. This could be in relation to a project as small as hanging shelving. It is important to make sure you know where you are drilling and that you are not drilling or screwing into an electrical component or pipes. When DIYing outdoors, there are many surroundings to be aware of like weather, electrical components, ladder interference, etc. It is important to simply be mindful and take a look around and weigh obstacles during the planning stage of your project.
- DO call the professionals when in doubt. When you are feeling doubtful about your ability to complete a project well, and safely, please call the professionals! Your house is an important investment and your health is even more important. DIY projects can be a lot of fun, and can be a fun activity to do with family or children, just make sure you have the proper tools, time, skills, and know the safety measures that need to be taken to ensure your safety!
Here are some fun, family-friendly DIY projects we found on Pinterest: 15 Unique indoor gardening ideas, DIY Hose Hiding, DIY Menu Board, 18 Easy and Small Remodeling DIY Projects for Big Changes in your Home.