There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get your hands dirty when it comes to a building project, but all too often the do-it-yourself crowd overshoots their abilities and obligations.
A smaller renovation around the house is one thing, but something like a workshop, warehouse or farm shed likely means hiring a professional is the right course of action.
Investing in quality craftsmanship by hiring a trusted professional can help consumers from making one of the three most common DIY mistakes.
Failure to obtain permits
Building permits are far more than pesky permission slips builders must seek, they act as proof that your project is in line with your region’s building codes. Rules regarding construction differ from area to area, so it’s essential for builders to make sure they are in accordance with the law before beginning work.
Permits exist for the safety and well-being of builders and those around them, but too many DIYers forget or purposefully ignore the fact that a permit may be necessary.
Skimping on supplies
One of the biggest drivers of the DIY movement is saving money, but there’s a big difference between value and affordability. A building that holds up to the elements and stands the test of time offers value, even if it may be cheaper to build by yourself.
Unfortunately, many DIYers exacerbate this problem by buying cheap tools and materials in order to cut costs further. Not only will this backfire in the long run, it can make the building unsafe.
Part of the benefit of working with trusted professionals is knowing that they are using quality materials that will result in durable and good looking buildings.
Creating hazardous job conditions
Without the proper training and experience, it’s easy for DIYers to create an unsafe job site without even realising it.
Not only can building be hazardous to life and limb, it creates plenty of insurance risks.
This is why licensed and insured builders are a preferable choice when it comes to commercial sheds.
By John Whitford