Home handymen are usually not that experienced to do these kinds of home fixing related jobs themselves. So when they try to do it, they end up making a lot of mistakes. This is especially true when it comes to spending money and time. There are, however, way to avoid these mistakes, and some of these ways are listed below.

Not taking out the required permits

Permits are actually very important, even though many home handymen might think of them as evil. They make sure that you get the job done correctly and that you do not hurt yourself in the process. If you are not sure what kind of jobs might require a permit, you can always call in you building department. But it is usually for jobs that are larger than just wall papering or painting.

Starting a job without the necessary tools and supplies:

If you do not have all the necessary tools and materials that you need on you then it is likely to slow down your job. So make sure and research on what all you would be needing in advance.

Inadequate preparation of the job site

The materials can be delivered to you, however you need to be careful that the materials are properly stored otherwise they can get stolen. And you also need to get everything in order to start working.

Skimping on materials

You should not skimp on materials, use the quantity that is needed and you will get better and longer lasting results.

Using the wrong paint

Painting is one of the most common job a home handyman likes doing on his own. But one should know their paint. For ceilings only flat paint should be used and the way to paint should also be known.

Improper preparation of walls for painting

You should prepare your walls properly before painting them. Make sure that the walls do not have any holes in them or do not need patching or cleaning. It is advisable that you put a coat of stain blocker or primer before painting.

Unsafe job conditions

You should always be careful while working on such projects. Ensure safety as much as possible by wearing safety goggles and making sure the windows are open. Try wearing gloves when you have to carry materials and make sure you do not wear loose fitted clothes because you might have to use power tools.


You can avoid inaccuracies by making sure you measure something twice instead of once. Also, it is always a good idea to cut something longer than required, because you can always cut something shorter, but making them back longer is not possible.

Working beyond your limits

Always remember to not work beyond what you can do. After all, you do not want to end up in an emergency room.

Not taking advice from the experts

Taking advice from experts around you, especially your friends who might be contractors, is a great way to learn new things. You can always help them out to see how they do things before starting off on your own projects. Also, if you are facing confusion about a certain thing, it is always best to stop right there and call up an expert or professional help.

Home handymen might think that they can do and take care of everything, but that is not always the case. The best thing these home handymen can do is not to become over-confident about their abilities, because over-confidence can lead to a total mess of things. So seek professional help whenever needed. There is nothing wrong with that.