Don’t Let DIY Turn Into DY Oops

in Home Improvement

Are you the kind of person who is happy to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty when the home needs some improvement works? For a lot of homeowners, the doing-it)yourself approach presents a double advantage. Firstly, it creates engagement with your property at a level that you can’t match when an expert does the job for you. You can proudly say you did it yourself, and in a way, it’s about the process of shaping a house into becoming your home. Sure the paint may not be perfect, or the frame on the wall isn’t completely straight, but it is your personal touch to your property, and that makes it precious. The second advantage, of course, is monetary. It’s always cheaper to go DIY than to hire a professional. Nevertheless; DIY works gone wrong can be devastatingly costly!

Take safety precautions

First of all, there is a variety of DIY improvements and renovations you could make. But all require extreme precautions. Ultimately, it isn’t safe for DIY amateurs to approach specific improvement projects, such as electrical or plumbing systems. Nevertheless, if you’re not rewiring your home, you can do small works by yourself, such as changing a lamp – assuming the wire is already in place. However, you need to be vigilant and set the internal unit wiring appropriately otherwise you might either damage the lamp or blow a fuse – without mentioning health concerns.

Plan significant renovation and improvement works

Important renovation works, such as a room extension, for example, will need to be organised ahead, so that you can remove all furniture that might stand in your way and store them safely with a professional storage service company, such as will ensure that nothing can get damaged while you work in your home. Additionally, even if you choose to follow a DIY route, you can apply for funding for specific kind of improvements. The application must be filled up with professional support if you’re planning structural work. Be sure to send your application early enough, so that you can get the funds you need ahead of your project.

Empty room with ceiling fan

Empty the room before you start

Test it first

Something as simple as painting a room can turn into a disaster if you don’t try out the paint first. Finding paper samples is helpful to pick the colours you prefer, but you’ll soon realise that the colour on the paper can be dramatically different from the one on the wall. The changing light, the underlying tone – if you’re painting over a Magnolia coat, for instance –, and the furniture in the room can affect the final result. That’s why experts recommend testing out your paint samples on the wall, such as seen on You should also buy several sample pots a few shades lighter and darker to address this issue.

Don’t try if you don’t have the right tools

Does it need saying? If you don’t have the right tools, you can’t make it work. If you’ve seen Jeremy Clarkson fixing a car with a hammer, you know that tools are the most important thing to get the job done.



No more DY Ooops for your home improvement works! Keep a clear head so that you can get organised before you start and ensure that you’ve taken all the precautions to ensure your safety, the quality of the final work, and the protection of your belongings.

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