I recently met my new neighbours, a lovely young couple – they brought me freshly baked biscuits which means that we are now fast friends. They have just moved into a house that to all appearances is beautifully renovated and their dream first home. When asked what they thought of their purchase their response was “It’s nice, but very…umm…DIY”

The current trend for DIY is certainly a great way to minimise cost and to maximise your feeling of achievement and ownership when improving your home. However, it is important to remember that that it is not a euphemism for cutting corners.

Depending on your skill set and confidence level, there are plenty of jobs you can tackle around the home to improve and update. There are however some tasks you should NEVER attempt and should leave to qualified professionals. Here is my subjective list of jobs you should attempt, could attempt and should not ever (no matter how easy YouTube makes it look) attempt.

Should attempt:

  • Plant flowers, mulch, trim. This is an easy way to freshen the face of your house
  • Pressure clean. Crank that gurney and blow away that mould and dirt.
  • Oil decking

Could attempt – only if you have the skill set:

  • A fresh coat of paint can lift the whole atmosphere of your home.
  • Tiling
  • Laying flooring such as vinyl planking

NEVER attempt (ever! Leave to the professionals)

  • Electrical work. Do you want to die? Enough said
  • Removing structural walls
  • Plumbing
  • Building

A freshly renovated home is a wonder to behold. There is something about breathing new life into a tired building that really speaks to my real estate agent soul – however, be warned a dodgy DIY can devalue a home quicker then I ate all of those delicious biscuits.

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