Common DIY Home Repair Mistakes To Avoid

Jun 09 2021
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One tip I always give DIYers to help them avoid mistakes is to call the experts for some advice. I’ve never once not received great advice just by calling a local professional – they all seem happy to help and, if they can’t help or need to look at it, they’ll be honest about that too. Everything is certainly fixable but to avoid the mistakes in the first place is definitely the goal!

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You’ve seen the DIY tips online, and it looks pretty straightforward that you feel confident you can handle your home repairs by yourself. Handling your home maintenance and repair works on your own can be a lot of fun if you know what you are doing. Plus, it also allows you to save the money you would’ve spent hiring professional help. And if you’re like most owners, any chance to save money on your home repairs is more than welcome. 

However, DIY home repairs can be tricky if you have no experience. And handling your home repair works the wrong way can end up costing you loads more than you would have if you hired professionals, thanks to some common mistakes. So, do you want to save money repairing some parts of your home on your own? Here are some common DIY home repair mistakes you need to avoid.

Not knowing your limits

Before you embark on any home repair project, you need to know what you can handle and what you need to leave for the professionals. Unless you have enough experience, projects involving plumbing works, electric woks, roof replacements and repairs, full bathroom remodels, copper pipe pinhole repair, etc., require experienced hands and trained eyes to handle. 

Not creating a plan or list

Big home repair projects should have a plan, and minor repair work should come with a list. Before you embark on any major home repair project, take the time to create a comprehensive plan on how to approach it, including how much everything will cost you before you begin. Always ensure that you assess the scope of each repair work before you start making your list. 

If you handle the minor repair works like changing door handles, fixing windows, etc., make a list of everything that requires fixing before you start. This way, you have a comprehensive view of how much work you need to do and where best to start. Plus, you can shop for everything you need at once. However, that does not mean you need to do everything at once. And this leads to the next point.

Doing too many things at the same time

Taking on one repair work can be challenging and time-consuming enough. And the last thing you want to do is attempt to multitask or do several repair works simultaneously. During your planning stage, decide which tasks you should handle first, based on which one is more urgent. Doing too much at the same time means getting nothing finished.  

Not using the right tools for the job

One of the most common mistakes many homeowners make with DIY home repair projects is not using the right tools for the job. Not every home repair works require a hammer and some nails to fix. Some will need specific tools to do the job properly and timely. If you are thinking about doing any DIY home repair project, take the time to research the right tools you will need before you start.

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  1. June 9, 2021 at 6:39 pm

    Great tips! I especially like your first one about calling experts. I remember in college, I needed to replace the shower head in my apartment but I didn’t really know what I needed and didn’t have much money. I brought the old one to ace hardware to see if I could find a similar one, one of the workers asked if I needed help. I explained my situation to him and he quickly found exactly what I needed and when he heard I went to the local college he cut into the package and said “well looks like this is damaged, I guess I’m just gonna have to give it to you for free”! People can definitely be kind

    • June 10, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Deanna, that’s a wonderful story! I have a couple of great experiences at Ace hardware too actually! Sometimes just making some calls or flat out just looking lost at Ace hardware can really remind us that most people do want to help lol

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