Write a list
It’s so easy to get bogged down in odd jobs, and this can make you feel stressed and anxious that you’re never going to finish the project. The best thing to do is write a list of everything that needs completing, and then decide what you can do, and which jobs require expert attention. When you’ve got an idea of your jobs, schedule some time to get them done, and see if friends and family are around to help you out.
Recognise when you need a professional
If you’re painting walls or hanging shelves, there’s every chance that you can do these jobs without any help at all. However, if you encounter trickier tasks, you may need to call in the professionals. Do not attempt anything that involves wiring or electrics. You may have aced classes on circuits at school, but the risk of electrical injuries is high, and you’ll need any work certified for safety reasons. Leave fitting lamps or fixing sockets to firms like Logan City Electrical. It’s also wise to avoid plumbing problems or anything that could interfere with the network of pipes running around your home. Most of us are capable of stopping a dripping tap, but anything more convoluted is best left to expert plumbers.
Shirk on safety
If you’re doing DIY at home and there’s a risk of injury, no matter how small, don’t shirk on safety. There’s no point in having a magnificent display of frames on the wall or glistening new tiles in the bathroom if you’re hobbling around and you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labour. Stock up on gloves, masks and any other protective equipment you may need if you’re using power tools or hazardous chemicals.
Give up before it’s done
Many of us are guilty of throwing in the towel without finishing off jobs. Perhaps you’ve been busy at work, or you lost patience with an instruction manual. Whatever the excuse, either get back to it or seek expert help. If you’ve got loose shelves or doors hanging off hinges, this can be dangerous.
Are you in the midst of a home makeover or have you been renovating for a while? If you’ve got DIY jobs to do, it’s a good idea to get sorted, write a list and work out which tasks are suitable for an ambitious amateur. Know your limits and don’t be afraid to call in the pros if you need help. Always put safety first, and if you’ve got a growing list of odd jobs, call in some favours from friends and family.