Don’t Make These Eight Home Repair Mistakes

There are many common mistakes homeowners make when rolling their sleeves up and tackling a home improvement project. To avoid making basic DIY errors, you can watch a Google Play funny video app – as a cautionary tale of what NOT to do – and pay attention to these common home repair blunders:

1. Buying Substandard Materials – One of the biggest home renovation mistakes is being cheap with materials. Over time, you will get what you pay for. Buy quality materials and products instead of scrimping.

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2. Inaccurate Measurements – While half an inch one way or the other doesn’t seem like it can make a difference, when it comes to projects like installing flooring or molding, being off even a small amount can set your project up for failure. If in doubt, consult a home improvement website like for instructions before beginning. There’s a reason for the phrase “measure twice, cut once”.

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3. Not Doing Prep Work – It’s tedious, but proper prep work will save you time and money. Even a simple thing such as vacuuming your subfloor before installing flooring can be the difference between a flawless finish and a funky finish.

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4. Using the Wrong Tool for the Job – When you use the wrong tool, you can end up wrecking the project, wrecking the tool or wrecking yourself. Before you begin a project, check out to find out exactly what tools you will need.

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5. Applying the Wrong Paint Type – Choosing the correct type of paint for the application and finish is just as important as choosing the perfect color, according to Using flat paint, gloss and semi-gloss on the proper surfaces will help avoid problems with wear, coverage and adherence.


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6. Ignoring Your Home’s Style – Keep the style of your home in mind when planning remodeling projects. Installing stainless steel countertops in a Spanish style home will look just as out of place as shag carpeting in a Craftsman home. You bought the home because you liked its style, so continue the theme.

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7. Avoiding Permits – It might seem like an insignificant thing, but permits are important. You may be required to rip out improvements performed without the proper permits and, if something serious happens, such as a fire or water damage, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover it.

8. Taking on More Than You Can Handle – Do your research. Make sure you know exactly what the project will cost, what materials will be needed, and the time frame necessary to complete the job. Then assess whether you can actually do the work, or if you need to call in a contractor. When you don’t know your own limitations, you’ll be more tempted to cut corners and take shortcuts.

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