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The Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Home Projects

No one knows your home better than you, but does that mean it’s a good idea to take on the next needed repair or upgrade yourself?

Of course, some jobs could be well within your capabilities — swapping out your broken bathroom faucet or repainting your bedroom, for example — but when should you leave the work to a professional?

Keep these do’s and don’ts in mind, and don’t forget to reach out if you have questions about your coverage.

Do: Gather the Needed Supplies

Before you start stripping wallpaper or tearing out appliances, make sure you have all the proper tools and supplies. Depending on the task, this could include protective clothing and shoes, power tools in working condition, and safety equipment such as a first-aid kit and working fire extinguisher.

Do: Educate Yourself

Whether you’re assembling a new desk for your home office or tackling a more challenging project like retiling your bathroom floor, take some time beforehand to read instruction manuals and watch a relevant step-by-step video (or two).

Don’t: Try to Take Shortcuts

Accidents and damage are most likely to occur when you’re rushing or trying to do more than you really should. Don’t skip any steps (even if they seem unnecessary). And while it may be hard to leave things unfinished at the end of the day, a temporary mess is better than trying to finish quickly and hurting yourself.

Don’t: Overestimate Your Abilities

When it comes to electricity, gas, and even certain types of plumbing, it’s probably best to leave it to a professional. Practice safe social distancing and mask-wearing while work is being done, and if you’d rather keep visitors away, for now, consider putting this project on hold if you can and taking on something smaller yourself.

Have questions about your home insurance coverage before you start your next project? Reach out today.