DIY home improvements: How to tackle difficult projects

It’s easy to get carried away with chasing the feeling of a successful DIY project. But if you bite off more than you can chew, the end result can be far less than satisfying.

Whether you’ve only just started to plan your renovation or you’re no stranger to building and fixing things in the home, knowing how to approach each project is vital. You need to be realistic, and if you’re attempting something tricky, some humility might help too.

No matter how ambitious your plans might be, it’s worth learning about some of the most effective strategies, tools and techniques you can use to secure a successful outcome.

How to complete difficult DIY projects at home: Our five top tips

  1. Choose the right project

Firstly, it’s important to be realistic and only choose a project that aligns with your skill level and previous experience. You need to read up on the complexity of the project, considering any complications that could throw you off schedule or jeopardise your safety.

Above all, the project needs to be suitable for a DIY project. If it’s an entire home renovation, for example, you might be wiser to call in the professionals.

  1. Make sure you’ve got the right kit

Having the appropriate tools and equipment to hand could not only help you complete the project to a high standard but could protect your safety too. If you’re lifting or loading heavy weights to your project site, choosing high quality steel rope could provide greater load capacity.

It’s surprisingly easy to be delayed by something as simple as having the wrong screwdriver, so make sure you’ve done your research too. Don’t just assume that an old tool you’ve found in the garage will be cut out for the job. Keeping your tools in good condition is just as important as ensuring their compatibility.

  1. Put your safety first

When you’re working on difficult projects, your safety should be the biggest priority. Never attempt to tamper with electronics or live wires if you’re not a qualified electrician. And if you’re doing heavy lifting, make sure someone can share the load with you. At the very least, make sure you’re aware of good handling technique.

Wearing the correct PPE could save your life while you carry out your project. Even if it feels trivial, make sure you wear ear and eye protection, gloves, and a hard hat whenever necessary.

If your project involves working around a gas supply, you should reconsider immediately. Although invisible, gas is flammable and extremely hazardous if it escapes into your home environment. Any renovations or repairs near your gas pipes, supply or meter should only be carried out after you find an engineer on the Gas Safe register.

  1. Listen to the experts

Lastly, you might need to take the hit to your pride. But if you’re stuck, first port of call should be listening to advice and relevant techniques from industry experts online. If you’re still struggling to complete the task, you might need to consult a professional.

Topics including precision measurements, advanced carpentry skills, and plumbing and electrical work will be invaluable, but experience is even more important. If you simply can’t do it, don’t carry on and risk making the situation worse.