October 26, 2017
We all enjoy the feeling of completing a project ourselves. It allows us to learn new skills and potentially save money. DIY (Do It Yourself) projects aren’t necessarily as easy as they might sound. There are several rules you should follow before you start whipping out the tools.

Although a DIY job implies you’ll be doing most of the work, it might be a smarter idea to hire a handyman to do some of the tougher work for you. Whether you decide to get help or not, here are some general do’s and don’ts for anyone starting a new DIY project.

DO Prepare

Research and preparation are the two most important things to cover before you start swinging hammers or flinging paint around.

Knowing the proper materials required and having a list of well researched instructions are critical to the success of your project. Surveying your tools and making sure they are all in working order is essential for both efficiency as well as your safety.

If you’re doing it yourself you may as well do yourself a favour and plan out the task ahead.

DON’T Race to Finish

You’re not competing on The Block after all, so there’s no need to rush the job. A project you haven’t done carefully or cut corners with is less likely to produce the desired result.

This means more work down the line when things don’t look good or begin to fall apart. One of the best aspects of a DIY project is that you can usually do it in your own timeframe. Take advantage of this fact and make sure the job is done properly.

DO Have Safety Products

One of the biggest risks in a DIY project is your own health, especially if you don’t have much of a background in construction. You’ll likely be dealing with many heavy tools or materials and accidents happen to even the most experienced tradesperson.

Making sure you have things like a first aid kit, goggles and earmuffs are some basic precautions to keep yourself protected during the project. Fire hazards should also be prepared for by having a fire extinguisher and fire blanket handy.

DON’T Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Even if you have prepared properly and take your time with a project, it’s easy to get stumped from time to time.  Asking for help from a friend or neighbour who has some experience is always a useful strategy and doesn’t diminish the work that you do. If you’re encountering some more complex work, or need a quick repair, it’s a smart move to hire a handyman.

DO Have Fun

A DIY project should be an enjoyable learning experience for you. Setbacks will occur and it’s better to laugh at your mistakes than dwell on them or give up.

A DIY project doesn’t need to be done alone as it can be a great way to involve friends and family in different capacities.  It can be a great way to teach a child some basics about tool safety and allow them to feel useful.

DIY projects are not always easy but they sure are rewarding. While there are some general rules to follow, it’s best to remember that the task is yours to do with what you want. And if it doesn’t turn out the way you like, you can always hire a handyman to fix it for you.