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When more and more lifestyle influencers recommend embracing the DIY side of life, it’s easy for homeowners to fall into the trap of overconfidence. When the photos you found on social media or in your favorite magazine make it look simple, you can feel tempted into giving DIY a go. After all, there is a sense of pride and self-satisfaction in making your own home that nothing can replace. Except however that doing it yourself only works if you know what you’re doing. You can’t just pick up your tools and hope for the best. And that precisely why numerous enthusiastic homeowners suffer every year from the consequences of a bad DIY decision. Here are the many ways in which amateur DIY can affect you and your home.

It requires knowledge you don’t always have

If you’ve been dreaming of a large and exciting garden to improve your curb appeal, you need to understand that keeping your outdoors looking fresh and luxuriant requires a lot of work. From the creation of a theme, which gives your garden its personality, to the control of weeds, you can’t afford to get lazy. However, having an eye for colors and details is not enough when it comes to your flowers and greens. Indeed, keeping your plants alive requires substantial knowledge of each plant’s requirements in terms of water, soil, and shade. Additionally, not all plants can cohabit — some might attack specific species when placed in their vicinity. In short, you can’t embrace on a large-scale project without research.

It puts you at risk of faults

Ultimately, if you’ve got no or little experience of working with electricity, plumbing, and internal structure, it’s fair to say that you should give up on the dream of building your own home. Even tiny homes owners need the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure their permanent safety in the property. For extensive construction or renovation projects, it’s best to contact general contracting services to protect your home. Indeed, most home insurers refuse to cover damages perpetrated by amateur DIY work.

It stresses you out

The very first DIY project that homeowners choose to carry is moving houses. Indeed, the appeal of moving yourself is primarily financial. You don’t need to pay for additional services. Admittedly, you will have to pack and carry all your belongings. For long-distance movers, it can be an exhausting experience, which comes on top of the stress of changing location. With professional movers, you might get insurance coverage for your items, yet when you move there’s no compensation for the things you break or lose.

The result can be messy

Painting walls is the second most common DIY project that can be linked to high stress. Indeed, while it seems easy to grab a paintbrush and pick a color, there are a lot more know-how and best practices tips involved. From not washing your walls before painting to leaving fixtures exposed, amateur mistakes can significantly affect the end result.

The DIY appeal is not without risk. If you’re not into crafting, it’s best to pick small and manageable projects before you approach time and effort demanding works that require more skills and experience.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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