8. Improper Sequence of Tasks
I have been called in to finish some projects that some owners started, but they ran out of steam (see 7 above). Once on site, I found that they started some tasks before others were finished. An example: Don’t schedule the carpet install before the drywall is done…it may seem obvious, but it happens. This same type of sequence holds true for just about every type of project. Research here will pay off in the end. For instance, if you want an overview of how to plan a DIY banister, check out this ebook
9. I want it now.
This is one urge that is hard for beginners to control. Your plan to paint the bath …today…after seeing a show on TV needs planning time. Before you jump in, take a step back and look at the whole room. Plan your actions, ask yourself, do I want to replace any lighting, fixtures, cabinets? Once you have the scope set, do the proper prep work, patch or repair the drywall, if needed, clean the walls, remove fixtures etc. Then get out your painter’s hat.
10. Oops, I changed my mind.
Change is inevitable and it comes with the passage of time. One experience may trigger another, and then another. Proper planning and research will keep the project in your mind for a while before any work is done. This repeated “vision” will imprint into you, and allow you to plan effectively. What you don’t want is to have a “new vision” happen half way through your project, or a few months after the project has been completed.
If you’re a brand new homeowner, before you jump into a big project spend some time living in your home. Prior to moving in, it’s safe to do some simple things like painting, but don’t start moving rooms around. Live in the space, feel the day-to-day breath of the house, the ebb and flow of the seasons. You might like the way the winter sun reaches back into the dining nook. Then after you and your home have bonded, think of how to make it more your style. It is your home, and with proper planning and some sound advice, you will fall in love with it over and over again.
I hope you have enjoyed reading the top 10 mistakes that amateur do-it-yourselfers make, and how to avoid them. The fact that you found this article shows that you have put some thought into your project and have already mastered item 9.