DIY can be a lot of fun, it’s a great way to save money and to dramatically transform your home. But sometimes we decide to do things that we’re really not qualified to do. We spend a lot of time on it and the results aren’t how we want. After all the hard work, we eventually call in the professionals to fix our work, which costs more than if we had just called them in the first place. DIY can be a great option, but only when done intelligently and within safe boundaries. Here are 3 DIY tips to avoid #DIYDisasters.

1. Safety is King
If you’re planning any DIY tasks that put your safety or the safety of others at risk, just don’t do it. Don’t mess around with anything electrical in the home, unless you’re an electrician. For any big construction changes, you would probably have to talk to an architect and builder before making changes. If you’re hoping to add things to the home such as shelving, be very careful about how you implement it because things that are not sturdy could fall hurting a family member. If you have suffered a personal injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Consider talking to Slater and Gordon to see what options are available for you.

2. Use Tape
One of the most popular home DIYs is to change the paint up in a room. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to change the way the room feels, adding a little more colour and drama to the home. It’s terrible when someone spends a lot of time and money making the paint different in a room, but doesn’t spend a little on tape to create tidy paint lines. It can be a little annoying applying tape around the room before you start, but once you peel it off you will be amazed by how tidy and professional your lines look. It’s a small, inexpensive thing you can do to dramatically improve your home.

3. Don’t Start Anything You Can’t Finish
Have you ever been around to a friends or family members house when they’re in the middle of a DIY project? The truth is many of us are overly ambitious with how long we think tasks will take us. Something you may think will only take one month, can easily drag on to three or more months if you don’t focus and work hard on it. Leaving your home in a constant state of disrepair is uncomfortable and stressful. Be realistic about how long projects will take, ideally asking others who have undergone similar, so that you can get things done as fast as possible while being realistic about the time required.

If you’re interested in learning more safety tips for DIY, check this interesting infographic below:
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