We’ve all heard that before. When it comes to home improvement, Lowe’s knows mistakes can be particularly bothersome (or expensive) to correct. To help avoid these blunders, Lowe’s resident DIY expert, Hunter MacFarlane, shares five common DIY errors and more importantly, how to avoid them.
1. Underestimating Difficulty & Time Commitment
Two hours into a project isn’t the best time realize it’s beyond your know-how. Unfortunately, these types of experiences deter capable DIYers every year.
Hunter’s Advice: Manage expectations and carefully research. For instance, if you’re tiling a floor for the first time, start with a smaller, open space and go from there. This grows confidence and makes larger projects less daunting.
2. Forgetting How to Reassemble
Disassembling is easy. That’s not always the case for putting something back together.
Hunter’s Advice: These days, we all have cameras in our pockets. Whether it’s wiring or screw placement, take pictures before and during the process to remember. When you find yourself at Lowe’s, pictures also help our associates to find the right part or approach for the job.
3. Not Locating Your Home’s Power & Safety Components
Do you know where your breaker box is? How about your exterior outlets main water valve or fire extinguisher? Truth is, they are critical resources and knowing their location can prevent accidents.
Hunter’s Advice: This one’s particularly relevant for new homeowners: create a running list of your home’s critical components and ensure you’re maintaining or checking regularly. These include water heaters, fire and CO2 detectors, air filters, water shut-off and gas meters.
4. Not Asking for Help When You Need It
DIY can be both humbling and rewarding. Either way, acknowledge help when you can.
Hunter’s Advice: One of the best ways to prevent mistakes is ensuring you understand a project’s requirements and techniques. There’s a variety of “how-to” videos on Lowe’s Youtube, and I usually prefer in-person teachings. Let’s say it’s your first time using a circular saw, consider asking experienced friends or family to show you how to use it safely. Lowe’s also offers free, in-store DIY clinics to help you do the job right.
5. Buying Ineffective or Wrong Materials
It’s all about having the right tools and products.
Hunter’s advice: Every project is different, but generally you can ensure a better job (and experience) by purchasing quality materials and tools. At Lowe’s, we pride ourselves in carrying the best value in home improvement and our associates are here to help along the way.
Looking for more DIY tips and inspiration? Lowe’s has a variety of online projects to help get you started.