We have all been there we enthusiastically start a home improvement project only to realise when we are up to our eyes in it, covered in paint with plaster dust in our hair, that we have forgotten something important. Many a DIY project has been derailed simply because something important has been forgotten.
Here is our list of the most commonly forgotten tasks that derail home improvement projects.
Forgetting to order the skip
This is a classic. An awful lot of people either forget to order a skip or simply do not realise that they need one. Sometimes using a website like www.skipandbin.com it is possible to find and hire one at short notice, but if local skip firms are busy your project can be delayed by a week or more.
It is common for people to start a task without having access to the right tools. The last thing you need to is to have to wait until the shops open on Sunday morning to be able to go out and buy or hire the tool you need for a project. By the time you get home half of the day can easily be swallowed up.
If you are planning to tackle a DIY project over the weekend, it makes sense to spend a couple of hours on Wednesday or Thursday pulling together the tools and checking that they are all in working order. That way you will have time to slip to the shops on your way home from work and buy anything you do not yet own.
In this age of power tools, flat batteries are a regular issue. Again, charge everything in advance, and consider buying a spare battery that can be on charge while you are using the other battery in your power tool. If you are lucky a friend or family member will use the same power tools as you and happily lend you their batteries and charger.
Every year thousands of people have accidents while carrying out home improvement projects. In the UK alone, over 200,000 end up seeking medical help for DIY injuries. Many of these accidents are avoidable. Most serious injuries occur when safety protocols are not followed.
It really is not worth risking your eyesight for the sake of the price of a pair of safety glasses. Buy the right safety gear and make sure that you use it.
This brings us to another loosely connected issue. If (when) you make a mistake while carrying out DIY in your home, you can cause a lot of damage.
For example, knocking a pot of paint over a piece of furniture, or worse, much worse, setting your roof alight when renewing roofing felt. Repairing the damage can work out expensive, so it is important to check that your home insurance is up to date and that it covers you for DIY accidents and mistakes.
This is vital as there have been instances of families who have lost their home when a roofing timber caught light during a home improvement project. Their insurance policies are not always going to be adequate and they stand to gain nothing from the insurance companies.
The key with any home improvement project is to prepare well and not to rush things. If you are prepared, you can avoid the most common pitfalls and if you take your time, you are less likely to make mistakes.