5 Time-Sucking DIY Mistakes 5 Time-Sucking DIY Mistakes

It can be very satisfying to complete a project yourself from start to finish. You'll no doubt have pride and joy knowing that it was your hands, your skill, and your knowledge that allowed the project to turn out perfectly and just the way you planned. Sometimes, however, projects do not turn out as expected. Delays and wasted time can become a deterrent. Avoid the most common time-sucking mistakes, listed below, and walk away with a smile on your face and the satisfaction of a job well done!

1. Designing Before Budgeting

A man planning a diy project with a calculator.

When you start planning a project without first establishing a budget, you're liable to run into financial problems and lose valuable time when you find out the materials needed cost way more than expected. You'll often find that there are an endless number of designs, but only a few of those designs will actually agree with your budget. Save yourself time and always have a budget set before you design your project.

2. Starting Work Without all Materials on Site

You're in the middle of installing a countertop and feeling accomplished. Each step is going great and you can almost see the finish line. It's time to glue down that countertop or install the ballisters on the new deck, when you look around the workspace and all of a sudden realize the materials you need to move onto the next step have not been ordered or purchased. Now, you have to put the project on hold until you get the rest of the material needed to finish the job.

This is one of the most frustrating and time-sucking mistakes of all! The project cannot be completed and so much time is wasted by driving back to the hardware store to get what should have been on site before the project was even started. Be smart and make a list of all materials needed before you start the actual work.

3. Overthinking Decisions

A set of papers with a a project design on it.

With the aid of the internet and sources such as Pinterest, we can find ourselves in a sea of possibilities for any given project. We can spend weeks deciding on a final design and overthinking the project. Even after the designing phase, it's easy to catch ourselves contemplating our decisions and having the urge to change our previous decisions. This indecisiveness can cause delays that can hold the project up for days or even weeks. Once you've started working on the project, consider it set in stone and stick with the original plans.

4. Working in Clutter

A room with drywall and joint compound.

Remodeling is a messy business and working in a room where everything is in the way will make you a mess as well. Being disorganized and working around existing furnishings will do nothing but slow you down. Have a strategic plan in place before you start. Decide where to store everything safely and where nothing will hinder your work.

Also, you will still need to eat and drink and clean up at the end of the day. Are you redoing plumbing? Are you disconnecting power that will affect vital components? Taking time to think these things through in the beginning will save major headaches once the project begins.

5. Working Without a Permit

A house inspector.

If you're like a lot of DIYers, you may have a tendency to start projects without contacting the local building inspector. Worried about extra costs associated with having to pull a permit, you may be inclined to just start the job and hope for the best. In your mind, some projects may not be worthy of contacting the proper officials. However, if an inspector sees you working and gets curious, your project could be delayed for days or even weeks for repairs and inspections. Alerting the building inspector will help ensure that you have the proper permits pulled, and you will also be aware of proper building codes for your area.

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