Not everyone is a contractor, but homeowners have to deal with constant upkeep for their property all the time. From plumbing fixes to mold repair… you should have some idea of what should be done. If you don’t have a friend who’s a contractor, there are some things you have to fix yourself, and there are some DIY do’s and don’ts every home owner should know.
Think before you act
Ok… if you want a home repair or remodel to go well think about what you’re going to do, before you do it. You don’t want to knock down the wrong wall or cut the wrong wire. As a DIY novice you have nothing to go on but what you have learned from others, so make sure you understand what is suppose to be done and do it right the first time. Come up with your decisions before you start any job. Go over a list of possible situations in your head, so you’re prepared for any obstacle that could get in your way. Like if you try to fix a leaky faucet and accidently bust a pipe. You should know how to cut off the main water valve before everything else.
Always have a back up plan
During many home DIY projects, things don’t always go as planned. Don’t ever go into a big job without thinking about plan b, c or even d. For example… if you are working on an older house, the structure might not be perfect. That means every measurement probably won’t be the same. So… have a back up plan no matter how big or small the job is.
Be careful never to take wrong advice
Many people love to be helpful, but the problem is they’re not always right. Make sure you know the advice you get is indeed correct. Get more than one or two opinions, research your findings and know the correct answer before doing any home improvements.
When remodeling your home there are many dangers. The most obvious is, you’re always supposed to wear the correct safety gear – from rubber gloves to protective eyewear and everything in between. But there are many, many other dangers lurking around every corner, of every home repair and renovation. When taking down drywall, there could be anything behind that wall. Think about it. There are countless amounts of safety businesses for the dangers you don’t see, including Asbestos removal, mold repair, insect extermination and so many more. So next time you are about to knock out a wall, think about the dangers and take the proper steps to be safe.
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Heather B is part of a team of writers who does a lot of DIY projects and likes to share tips and tricks.