So you’re an HGTV junkie who feels like you’ve watched enough footage to now tackle your own DIY project at home?

Before you take a leap into the deep end of a repair or remodel, let us first open your eyes to the 8 most common mistakes DIYers make, which can save you precious time and money:

1. Miscalculating your time.

While you may technically be able to take on a minor reno, like replacing flooring or repainting, keep in mind your busy schedule at work and at home with the kids. It might take a pro a few days; it will probably take you a few weeks – even months. On the other end of the spectrum, it’s not a good idea to rush through a DIY project either!

2.Misjudging your skillset

You may think you’re handy, but be brutally honest with yourself. If something isn’t done right, buyers will notice, and/or a pro may have to enter in to correct it after all.

3. Off-color

If you’re going to handle a painting refresh in any of the rooms of your house, make sure you do the research beforehand, such as the type of paint (for certain rooms, raw wood, cabinets, plastics, or outdoor), and take advantage of sample paint chips to see how the shades look on the wall in several coats on the wall.

4. Off-budget

Sometimes you may get in over your head – and over your budget – on the materials and supplies you need (or on buying expensive tools and things you don’t need). Make sure you have a clearly defined plan priced out from start to finish, allowing for a buffer in case of mistakes or unexpected surprises. Note: You don’t always have to buy new … consider heading to your local thrift store or Habitat for Humanity for rare finds, like vintage frames, doors, kitchenware, and hardware to repurpose at less cost to you.

5. Skimping on the details

Buyers will notice when a homeowner has left a DIY unfinished, which will only take away the value of the home. They’ll also be able to detect if details were overlooked, like taking the proper measurements, or if shortcuts were made.

6. Overlooking permits

It’s imperative to go through the proper legal channels by acquiring permits if needed for an addition or renovation. If not, it could backfire if discovered during a home inspection or closing, which could result in a crucial deal that falls through.

7. No guarantee

Plain and simple: the work by professional contractors is backed by guarantees, but, if you do the work, the you in DIY is responsible and accountable for any errors.

8. Overlooking safety

It may seem obvious, but, if you’re not trained to do so, DIYers may not wear or use the proper safety gear on the job, which could get dangerous – gear and safety measures, such as face masks, goggles, hair tied back, boots, and more. Take the extra step to follow the instructions on how to use new machinery, too.

To sit down and discuss your plans to buy or sell a home, please call one of us at the Sands Realty Group at 843.839.4878.