I don’t want to get on a high horse as some kind of “handyman know it all professional” (and trust me, I’ve met enough of those!), but there’s a few things you want to avoid doing when trying any repair job yourself. Some of these are a little more obvious than others, but it still happens!
Not Getting The Required Permits – A lot of people go into home repair thinking that anything they do is fine and kosher since it’s on their own property, but the truth is you’re going to need permits more often than not. I know, I know, it’s your land and you don’t want your money in the government’s coffers, but these really are just for the safety of everyone involved – including your neighbors. Not sure if you need a permit? I always tell people that anything more involved than painting or wallpapering probably needs one. The building department of your city is just a phone call away.
Inadequate Preparation – And I do mean for any job. Needing some drywall? Don’t be a cheapskate, make sure you have the 3/4th inch kind. Building an addition to your house? You probably don’t want the wood exposed to the elements. Got a septic tank on your property? Don’t let anyone park a big truck right over top of it. Speaking from experience on that last one.
Unsafe Conditions – Kinda ties into that last one, but make sure everything is prepared and cleaned before you start working. Make sure everyone has gloves, goggles and kneepads. Get a pouch for your nails so your roommates or dog don’t walk over them.
And the worst one of them all: lack of planning and knowledge. If you’re trying to repair something on your own for the first time, the worst thing you can do is just charge ahead without looking into it at all. This is too complicated and dangerous for someone to dive headfirst without reading the warning signs. By all means, try more repairs yourself, but make sure to at least watch something on Youtube or practice with someone else first. And if worse comes to worst, just ask someone who knows what they’re doing.
That’s all for now! Take care of yourselves, and I’ll be back soon with a new post for ya!