DIY projects that could turn into a disaster and how to avoid them

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You’d think that all DIY home improvement jobs would be considerably easier in the age of the Internet and innovative technology. With WikiHow articles and YouTube tutorials, it can be very easy to overestimate your skills and end up with a costly, unsightly, and ultimately disastrous DIY nightmare. While the range of tutorials and sources of advice are incredibly useful and prolific, knowing your limitations may end up saving you considerable expense when it comes to fixing the mistakes that you’ve made. The best way to prevent your DIY project from becoming a worst-case scenario is by preparing, researching, realising what you’re capable of and, more importantly, what you’re not capable of.

Electrical shocks to the system

Hopefully, you’re fully aware of the dangers of electricity. From those annoying little shocks that are more surprising than anything else, to a full-on jolt from the mains, safety is key when it comes to attempting any kind of electrical work. Anything more complicated than changing a plug should always be tackled by professionals to reduce your risks. This is more than simply making sure that your small mistakes don’t end up costing you more money, it’s about making sure that you are safe throughout your DIY project. Safety is paramount, and electricity is a dangerous factor in your home, so always speak to an expert and get their advice, and never attempt to tackle electrical work yourself.

When room transformations go wrong

Having an entire overhaul in a room can be very satisfying, and can also add value to a home if done right. Committing to the task is essential, yet even with the best will in the world, even something as seemingly simple as stripping the wallpaper before you start to paint could end in tears and mess that will have you calling a professional before you know it. As with most DIY tasks, preparation is essential, so before you start to pick out your colour schemes, check out how to remove old wallpaper in the best and most efficient ways. Once it’s removed, it will simply be a case of choosing your new paint colour and finishing the job.

Getting ready for the waterworks

Plumbing is often dismissed as considerably easier than other DIY projects. Do not fall into this trap. While it may feel safer to be tinkering with the water pipes than it would be playing with electrical wiring, the truth is that plumbing errors could end up costing you a fortune in damaged and water-logged carpets, flooding in the cellar or much, much worse. There are even claims that DIY plumbing is having a detrimental effect on the environment, so even if you have experience with plumbing, the advice is always to seek out professionals and use their experience and skills to minimise the potential dangers.

You may go into your DIY project with grand ambitions and high hopes, but unless you’re very experienced in all of the key elements of your project, the most basic and realistic advice is to get help. Even if you want to do the bulk of the work yourself, always get someone who knows what they’re doing to tackle the trickiest, dangerous, or just plain complicated parts of the job. That way, you can minimise the risks and spend more time enjoying your new, stylish interiors.

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