“What Could Go Wrong”: 50 Of The Absolute Worst Home Improvement Fails To Make You Cringe

If you too are thinking about a DIY project but aren’t sure about your skills, there are things you can do to significantly better your results.

Lee Wallender, who is a home improvement expert with 20 years of hands-on home remodeling, fixing, and improving experience, thinks that everyone should begin their projects with design and planning.

“A sketch on a cocktail napkin, full-blown architectural plans, or just a firm set of thoughts about how the remodel should progress is a good place to start,” Wallender wrote in The Spruce. “It is cheaper and less frustrating to correct mistakes before the remodel takes physical form.” A sentiment many people on this list could attest to!

“One of the first considerations is to be sure that you have funding for your renovation. Draw up a simple yes/no list of do-it-yourself projects and projects you want professionals to do. Look for contractors and subcontractors for those jobs you do not want to do yourself,” Wallender added.