DIY in the Spring: 8 Untold Myths That Every Homeowner Needs to Know
Set Your Spring DIY Projects Up for Success
Spring isn’t that far off, and for many Americans, now is when they start making their spring to-do lists. After all, spring is the official start of the DIY season. After a long and cold winter, all it takes is for warmer temperatures and birdsong to lure homeowners to the hardware stores. But before you go gung-ho with your DIY projects, here are eight untold myths you will want to know about. As with everything, the more you know, the better off you’ll be.
Myth: You Can Complete Your DIY Project Over a Weekend
If you look online, you will find hundreds of spring DIY projects that their creators say can be “completed over a weekend.” Unless the project is very simple, this claim almost never happens. Every project will have its share of hiccups and life always has a habit of intruding when you don’t want it to. Therefore, keep your expectations realistic and don’t be upset if your bathroom is still only half-done come Sunday evening.
Myth: Inexpensive Products Are Just as Good as More Expensive Versions
We all want to save money on our home DIY projects, so it can be tempting to choose products that don’t sting as much on your bank account when you’re gathering up supplies. But, in home remodeling and repair, you get what you pay for is an unfortunate truth.
For example, inexpensive faucets might look as good as more expensive models, but they are made using plastic parts instead of stainless steel. This means you will find yourself having to replace the cheaper model much earlier than the better-quality faucet. When budgeting your project, try to buy the best-quality products you can afford.
Myth: Any Project You Do Will Increase Your Home’s Value
A lot of people believe that all home improvement projects will add value to a home. The truth is, not all projects do. And, if you’re a DIY homeowner who didn’t exactly do a great job on your project, you could actually wind up hurting your home’s value.
If you are taking on DIY projects to improve your home’s market value, then you should put your money toward the projects that deliver the best return on your investment. And, you should do as professional a job as you can.
Myth: DIY Projects Don’t Need To Be Inspected
The only time this myth is true is when your DIY project is cosmetic only, like painting your exterior or sanding and staining your deck. If your project is more advanced, then you may need to get a permit from your local zoning office. If you complete a project that needs to be inspected and you don’t get it inspected and something goes wrong, then you could be liable for any injuries. Always check with your zoning office to see if the project you’re doing requires a permit and/or inspection.
Myth: Apply Dandelion Control in the Spring
If you want a dandelion-free front yard this year, then you don’t want to wait until spring to apply dandelion control. For the best results, you want to apply it in the fall, when the weeds shift food stores into their roots. By applying dandelion control in the fall, the weed automatically delivers the agent to the roots where it kills the weed completely at the root level.
Myth: Gutters Only Need Cleaned in the Fall
Just because the leaves are starting to grow back doesn’t mean your gutters are all-clear until fall rolls back around. The truth is, gutters can become clogged in spring too. From falling pollen fronds to broken twigs, your gutters can collect a lot of debris in the spring, especially with the usual increase in rain and heavy storms. Make it a habit to check and clean your gutters often, even in the spring and summer.
Myth: I Want My Trees to Shade My Home, So I Shouldn’t Trim the Branches
With summer coming, having a natural source of shade for your home can be a good thing. But it doesn’t mean you should let your tree branches grow unattended. If the branches are too close to the house, they will cause your roof to absorb moisture and develop moss. They’ll also make it very easy for squirrels, raccoons, and other vermin to get onto the roof and into your home. To prevent this from happening, keep your tree branches five to seven feet away from your house.
Myth: I Will Save Money by Doing It Myself
While taking on some minor home improvement tasks can save you money, you may not be as lucky if your projects are grander in scope. Professionals are experts at their trades, so they know the best products to use and the fastest and easiest ways to do the job. Sure, you will have to pay for their work, but what will happen if you find yourself completely over your head with a project that is in total disarray?
Before taking on your spring DIY projects, ask yourself if it is something that you can realistically complete to the point that it will look great and be safe. If you have any worries, then the money spent on a professional will not only be worth it, but it will also most likely be less than the cost of having to call in a pro to repair your mistakes and complete the job.