DIY can be incredibly rewarding and can make you proud of your home, knowing that you put hard work and, in many cases, blood, sweat and tears into the do-it-yourself project.
DIY is no longer a necessity, but a popular past time, saving us money and being thoroughly enjoyable when done right.
Unfortunately for many of us, we assume that DIY will deliver us near professional results and when a project doesn’t go to plan it can end up costing a lot more to hire a professional to fix the mistakes and get the job looking how you want it. Luckily DIY mistakes can usually be avoided by following our top tips to make your project a success.
Don’t Blame The Tools
The popular expression; ‘a workman always blames his tools’ should be avoided. When you are tackling a DIY project, you are already saving money on hiring a professional, but that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on the tools and products you need too. Instead of making do with inappropriate tools, invest in good quality materials and aids to help you achieve a professional finish as well as making your job much easier.
Investing in good tools to begin with, means that they’ll last for many years and will help in further DIY projects. Think of tools as an investment rather than using what’s available that may not be most efficient in getting the job done.
Research Is Key
For any DIY project, it is important to arm yourself with the most important tool: knowledge. Complete thorough research on your project so you can learn about the various different techniques available for you to complete the job successfully and to make sure you know exactly how to undertake the task ahead of you. It’s best to get the knowledge beforehand rather than getting stuck midway through a project.
Keep a look out for design ideas and inspiration so that you are sure of what you want to achieve and how it will look. Having an end goal is essential in making sure you complete the renovation to the best of your ability and will not give up when it gets tough.
Measure, Check, Measure Again
One of the biggest problems in DIY is inaccurate measurement. Before you start the job, draw, measure and label. Make sure you double check the figures to ensure you buy enough material for the job and remember always to overestimate when purchasing. You’d rather have too much than too little.
When you think you’re ready to cut, double check the measurements and make sure the piece lines up with the rest of the pattern, style or that you haven’t measured on the wrong side of the material. While the temptation is just to get going, double checking your sizes will save you valuable time in the long run.
Make Life Easy
Obviously, with every DIY project, it is wise to find the tools and materials that will deliver the best job with the most convenience. With +Timber our simple peel and stick technology makes DIY a breeze, but for every DIY job, look for the easiest route as there is no point making life difficult for yourself; first and foremost DIY should always be enjoyable.