Saving money is something that we can all understand and saving money on home repairs and refurbishments can add up quickly. Many UK homeowners see the value in refurbishing their homes and often take on home repair projects by themselves thinking that they can handle it. In many cases, they can. But there are times when they should contact a home repair expert to do the job before they get in over their head and either hurt themselves or damage their homes.
DIY projects can save homeowners a lot of money, but they do come with their own specific risks that can end up costing the homeowner more money than the project itself. Let’s take a look at some of those risks and see if they really are worth it.
Four frequent dangers of DIY projects
Rushing through the project - rushing through any project, especially a home DIY project, can mean that the job isn’t as good as it should be and that you leave yourself open to injury. You might even forget an important step that could lead to a fire or other home damage later on. Research has shown that most DIY injuries are caused by homeowners rushing through the job.
Wearing loose clothing or long hair- Loose fitting clothing and long hair are two things you don’t want when working around power tools. Your clothing or hair can get caught in a circular saw and pull the rest of you into it as well.
Not wearing gloves - your hands are as important as your eyes and ears and you don’t want to risk losing a finger, or fingers, because you didn’t want to wear high quality work gloves. Even something as simple as a splinter can slow down the progress of your DIY project so be sure to grab a good pair of work gloves before you pick up any power tools.
Lack of protection for eyes and ears - eye and ear protection are important as they protect your eyes and ears from damage. A broken saw blade or drill bit can fly in almost any direction and the sounds of a circular saw are loud enough to damage your hearing. Even something as simple as mowing your lawn or trimming the hedges in your garden can be potential sight or hearing risks. Wear your eye and ear protection and avoid injury or worse.
Insufficient ventilation - many of the materials used in DIY projects emit fumes that are toxic if breathed in for even short periods of time. Paint, stains, tile cement and more require you to ventilate the area so ensure you don’t damage your lungs. Some chemicals are so strong that they could make you pass out from being exposed to them for too long without adequate ventilation.
How can you avoid these DIY dangers and stay safe when refurbishing your home? Unless you have the required skills and experience it's often wise to contact a professional and leave the home repairs to them. You will receive better results and you won't risk hurting yourself or damaging your home.