6 Common DIY mistakes

Armed with a library of how-to books, you’re confident that you can tackle your home’s repairs and remodeling yourself – and pocket the money you’d have spent on professional labour. Hold up!

Avoid these six common mistakes:


1. Over-estimating your skills

Some people are handy and some think they’re handy, so be honest about your abilities. Remember: if you can’t do it right, you’ll have to pay to have it fixed.


2. Underestimating the value of your time

You may, in theory, be capable of laying new bathroom tile. But between your job demands and the kids’ soccer games, can you really finish the project in a few weeks, or will it stretch over months? Your time may be worth the cost of a pro.

3. Equating dollars spent with value

Good design is critical, especially in kitchen and bath remodels. A $60K kitchen designed by a pro to mesh well with a house will bring a better return than a $60K kitchen that bungles traffic flow and clashes with the style of adjoining areas.


4. Neglecting details

The biggest complaints when showing a remodel come when homeowners who have left things half done. It doesn’t just fail to add value, it actually subtracts value!


5. Missing guarantees

Pros will back their work. That can be essential on big projects like roof repairs. When you DIY, you’re the only one accountable for missteps, and any costs they add.


6. Thinking DIY means “do it ALL yourself”

Consider hiring professionals to back up your know-how. Tap into the free kitchen and bath design services at home improvement stores. Many paint stores have colour consultants you can use for a small fee. Or, hire a plumber on an hourly basis to install new toilets and sinks after you’ve done the demo work— you’ll rest easier knowing the water will flow safely.


Tip: When going down to the studs always use a contractor.

Ultimately, the key to success with any project is asking the right questions. Your real estate agent is a great resource as they have many reliable contacts.


We'd be happy to answer any of your questions and we have a fantastic list of local professionals to assist you!

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