The Federation of Master Builders


Published date: 28 April 2017

We all like to think that we can be a master handyman/woman when we want to be, putting our top efforts into DIY tasks in order to save money. May is around the corner with not one but two bank holidays to look forward to, making it the perfect time for cracking open the tool box and finishing odd jobs around the home. However, before plunging into your DIY project here are some useful tips help your project run smoothly and successfully.

Consider whether you need a professional

Before you tackle that “simple” project on your own, what may seem like an easy fix could leave you with a complicated mess. Be realistic about your technical skills and experience; if you’re not confident use a professional who has the right skills to carry out this work. Why not use the Federation of Master Builders Find a Builder service to find a specialist.

Safety First

Alongside buying all your tools and materials, it is important to purchase safety accessories including, safety goggles, gloves and even a hard hat. Remember to have a well-stock first aid kit nearby. For more health and safety tips checkout the Federation of Master Builders DIY safety guide here

Perfect your preparation

The key to successfully finishing any project is to plan ahead so don’t act on impulse. Have your measurements at the ready, plan your tasks in order so you don’t run the risk of spoiling your work and shop around before hand. Poor planning can cause you to either under-buy or over buy supplies – both pricey mistakes.

Don’t cut corners on the costs

The saying “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be more true, skimping on DIY costs could lead to a possible disaster. Create an outline of the costs involved before beginning with the project; if you can cover the costs of the project then go ahead but if not there is nothing worse than starting a project and not being able to finish it.

Today the great thing about home improvement is that handy tips and hints are readily accessible and there are step-by-step guides available at DIY stores and online. 

Happy home improving!!  

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