Sprucing up your property with a spot of DIY is a great way to keep the place looking fantastic and even add value to your home. From curtain rails falling down, forgetting to turn off the electricity before installing new lights and dodgy paint jobs, unfortunately, DIY can and will go wrong.
Research conducted by Halifax found that 27% of us have botched a DIY job in the past and 34% have started a job and never finished it. To avoid this happening to you, below are some great tips to help prevent the process going wrong.
Get suitable insurance
In a situation where accidents can happen, it’s always wise to ensure that you’ve taken out the appropriate insurance. It’s easy to assume that we know what we’re doing but if something goes wrong, you will need to cover the expense of getting it repaired.
Just last year, Halifax received over 16,000 accidental damage claims and paid out more than £11 million for them. The equates to nearly £700 per claim which is an expense you have to pay yourself if you don’t have the right cover.
Use the right tools
Using the right tools is a big part of DIY success because you can’t do a good job without them. As with most things, when it comes to your tool box you get what you pay for so it’s well worth investing in a decent set of tools that are reliable and will last you for many years.
Buy building products from a reputable supplier
Buying building products from a reputable supplier is crucial to your safety. Whether you need scaffolding, strongboys, site fencing, debris netting, ladders or a scaffolding harness – for the sake of your peace of mind and in order to avoid injury, only ever buy high quality and safety tested building products.
Hire a professional where necessary
Some jobs require proper training and are therefore best left to the professionals. If you have no idea what you’re doing with electricals for example, you should call an electrician because trying to figure it out yourself can be very dangerous.
Similarly, jobs such as the plumbing can very easily go wrong so it can actually be more cost effective to call a professional in the first place. If the DIY doesn’t go according to plan then you may need to buy a new product, pay a plumber to install it and also rectify the job that went wrong.
Learn a new skill
If you’re a DIY enthusiast and know that you’ll be doing a lot of it, it’s well worth studying to learn these skills. There are a number of adult education courses that cover a range of subjects including tiling, woodwork, carpentry and much more.
The Goodlife Centre offers a number of one-day workshops which cover all the basics including drilling, plumbing, electrics, painting and tiling. Not only is it great to learn a new skill but it also means that you can carry out all your DIY safe in the knowledge that you know what you’re doing and that accidents are less likely to occur.