You can find a lot of information online for DIY projects, but you probably aren’t getting all of the information you need. Here are the 10 most common DIY mistakes.

1. Not getting a permit. Permits can make larger projects safer by getting people to think about the different hazards before starting the project.

2. Beginning a project without the proper equipment and supplies. DIY projects require a lot of planning before you take that first step, especially when it comes to the tools and equipment.

3. Skimping on the tools and or materials. You can’t expect a cheap saw to cut boards evenly or the wrong kind of paint for your deck to make it look good.

4. Failing to prepare the job site. Most DIY projects require you to do a lot of preparation and you need to make sure everything is set up before jumping into a project.

5. Not preparing walls before painting. Not only do you need to protect things like your floor, door frames, and furniture, you need to prep the walls. It will be blatantly obvious if you haven’t patched holes, removed chipped paint, or cleaned the walls once the paint dries.

6. Creating unsafe job conditions. It is not a good idea to substitute a chair that is almost the right height to reach something. Nor should you be painting without proper ventilation. You also need the right protective gear.

7. Introducing inaccuracies. It is easy to lose focus after a long day and do something just slightly off. Cutting a board the wrong size or getting the level incorrect starts as a small problem, but can end up causing major problems.

8. Believing you can do anything. Self-confidence is great but you need to know your limits and when to ask for help.

9. Only measuring once. It is better to verify your measurements or cut things a little long. You can always cut off any extra later.

10. Failing to properly research a project. Watching an episode of ER doesn’t make you a doctor;  watching a YouTube clip doesn’t make you a professional either. Take your time and make sure you have all the information you need before starting the project.

DIY projects only save money when done right. Without the proper research, planning, and budgeting, you could end up spending far more than if you had hired a professional.

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