Everyone has the tendency to get inflicted with Pinterest disease. We see something nice, we take up arms to make it ourselves. Not that there’s anything wrong with that as inspiration is the first step to creation, but getting all excited about it could lead someone to decide to rashly and all too often make a wrong decision. Don’t get caught with one of the most common DIY slipups: getting the wrong materials for the project. Research is 50% the job as the actual physical work and when you don’t get it right, it is bound to rob of money, time and enthusiasm.
Stick to a budget per item
Setting an amount that you’re willing to spend on each item will help curb the monster of compulsion. Sure, there are bound to be better-looking products in a higher price range but if you splurge on one, you’ll eventually end up compromising on the other things. Nothing’s stopping from appreciating the pricier options but, at best, can try to scout around for cheaper alternatives. Don’t think of budgets as mere restrictions. Consider them as a way of keeping you on track.
Sample the goods before raiding the store
Haven’t you ever experienced stocking the cart too high with pieces you eventually regret buying and never even use? Impatience does that to people. Take tile shopping for example. It may feel good in your hand and it may seem nice from all angles, but there’s no guarantee that they look good on your entire floor or match all the other elements of the space. One particular place this happens all the time: sales. You may think you’re getting an item as a steal but unless you’re 100% sure that it works with the room, it just may end up stealing from you.
Get the right tools
If there’s one aspect that you should definitely invest on, it’s the proper tools. Unless you’re a fly-by-night DIYer who’s only testing the waters, then disposal items may work for you. If you’re ready to commit to this, then cheap brushes and rollers just won’t cut it. The products that you use to complete your project will spell the difference between success and failure. You may be busting your ass out just to get everything right but if your tools fail in mid-use, then everything you did up to that point will need some effortful troubleshooting.
Exercise caution when purchasing online
There’s no denying that Internet shopping is so convenient. Not only do you get access to a variety of products that you otherwise won’t find in one store, you don’t need to step out of the house to do it. But be very vigilant. There are endless tales of disappointment told by people who got ripped off online. Unless there’s a good return and refund option, don’t take your chances on that half-priced purchase because you may end up getting just half the quality you were expecting.
This list is pretty straightforward and you may find yourself relating to one or two more than you want to. Oftentimes, these are really nothing more than simple and honest mistakes committed in over enthusiasm. Now that you know better, you can save yourself the time and the trouble and go about your way with your enthusiasm intact.