These rookie mistakes can lead to serious frustration for homeowners, and at worst, serious injury. Here are the most common mistakes and how to avoid them:
Handyman Alpharetta – Getting In Over Your Head
It’s just a small project, right? How difficult can it really be? Besides, the YouTube video made it look so easy! But soon that weekend project as turned into a month-long nightmare, and you aren’t even close to being finished.
This is what happens when you tackle something that is much bigger than your knowledge.
How to avoid it: Know your limitations. Don’t try to put up new drywall if you have never patched a small spot. You have to build the knowledge before you can go full DIY mode.
Using Inaccurate Measurements
This is a case of thinking, “I just need to cut a few boards, and then I’m done!” But once you’ve done it, you realize that something isn’t quite right.
A few minutes later you are kicking yourself for measuring the board in the wrong direction, and subsequently making that cut without double-checking.
Now the whole project is a mess and you’re heading back to Lowes, and as a bonus, you feel like a complete idiot.
How to avoid it: Remember that old adage, “Measure twice, cut once”?
Modify that to your advantage by measuring twice, then again, then again — only then should you make the cut! The importance of good measurements cannot be overstated. Remember this each time you pull out the measuring tape.
Creating An Unrealistic Budget
No matter if the job is large or small, if you’re on a budget then you need a budget.
You might be tempted to avoid the research and just promise yourself that you’ll keep track of your spending as you go. But what happens when you are halfway through the work and realize you are already way in over your head financially?
This is one of the most common issues we see in our business.
A homeowner starts a project and before they know it, it’s out of control and you’ve blown your budget.
This is when many throw in the towel and just call us. The thing is, if they would have called us from the beginning they would have saved money. So sometimes in an effort to save money you only end up spending more.
How to avoid it: Write the entire project down on paper, down to every last nail and screw. Don’t forget the little extras, such as rental of a particular tool or disposal fees when you’re done with the job.
This is by far the most important point of DIY, so listen up: rumor has it that one in four homeowners get hurt in the process of a DIY project.
Of those, 41% were not wearing protective gear at the time of the accident. If you’re worried about injuring your eyes or inhaling fumes or sawdust, take action! Protective goggles and masks aren’t nearly as expensive as a trip to the doctor.
And if you’re truly concerned about your ability to handle a project safely, then it might be best left to professionals.
How to avoid it: Never, ever take chances. Don’t assume that ladder is safe; make sure it is. Don’t assume you know how to use a tool; read the instructions. Wear goggles, gloves, and heavy work boots, and avoid loose clothing and hair.
Never, ever take your safety for granted — your good health is worth much more than any home improvement project.
You don’t have to take chances when you’re tackling home improvement projects, you can call us we would love to help!
We’ll send a handyman right out to take a look at your project and give you a FREE quote. In many cases if you accept the quote the handyman can start your project right away.
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