As we look forward to the August Bank Holiday, many of us will be taking advantage of the time on our hands to do some DIY around the house, so now is the time to locate your hammer, saw, drill and paint pots.

Unfortunately, it appears that all too often such projects end in disaster.  It’s estimated that 13 per cent of all DIY projects don’t go to plan, costing desperate occupiers a whopping £169 million to sort out.  And with 220,000 people ending up in hospital each year due to an accident in the home, we thought we’d highlight some top tips to help you succeed in your DIY venture.

1.      Know what you’re setting out to achieve

Before you undertake any work, make sure you have a clear vision.  Do some drawings and even build a model to help you envisage what the end product should look like.

2.      Take time to plan a budget

It’s all too easy to get carried away and end up spending far more than you planned to.  So, to ensure things don’t get out of hand, plan a budget encompassing all aspects – and stick to it.

3.      Work within your limits

Don’t be overambitious.  It is important that your project is both realistic and achievable.  Giving yourself too much to do is a recipe for disaster.

4.      Preparation

Once you know what you are setting out to achieve, take time to collect together the necessary equipment before you start.  It is always worth looking after your kit and keeping it stored safety and in good working order so that it’s ready to use when you need it.

5.      Safety first

Many accidents can be avoided with a little common sense.  Wear the necessary protective clothing, eye protection, gloves and helmet and don’t forget to check ladders are safe before climbing them.

6.      Clear out the clutter

To minimalize the chance of damaging possessions, make sure they are out of the way before you start.  We’d be happy to look after them in one of our London storage facilities, for as long or as short as you like. Make sure you clear the decks to ensure you have plenty of room to work in.  Equally, make sure you tidy up afterwards to prevent unnecessary incidents and to keep tools and equipment in good condition and away from meddling fingers.

7.      Be flexible

When it comes to DIY, things do sometimes go wrong.  Plans may have to change so it is important to be flexible and open minded when tackling a project. If things are getting out of hand, don’t be afraid to call for help.  After all, a stitch in time saves nine…

With these things in mind, ABC Selfstore would like to wish you the best of luck with your Bank Holiday DIY projects.

As storage experts, we can offer to keep your possessions safe from DIY disasters or store your tools and DIY equipment safely when they are not in use, so why not contact ABC Selfstore for more details on how we can help you out.  With a range of easy access, secure and flexible storage opportunities, we might just be the affordable option you are looking for.


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