Home Renovation Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Diwali Cheer
It’s more of an unwritten law in India that homes will be ransacked, cleaned, primed and renovated around Diwali. Before there was internet, all we did was get the house painted. Today, renovation is a completely new game. Internet has so many DIY renovation videos that it makes our imagination go wild and we end up getting hands-on to do much more than just a basic paint job. While renovating the home is a great idea, doing it on your own without any professional help has a few pitfalls that can swallow your happiness in a jiffy.
Here are some very important renovation mistakes that you should completely avoid to keep your peace of mind intact.
- Playing with Circuits: Diwali is a festival of lights and many of us decorate our houses with fancy electronic lights. Most of the fancy lights sold in the market are fitted with plugs, hence, all one needs to do is find a socket. The problem begins when we want something different, something more than plain ‘vanilla lights’. Thanks to the internet, we can choose from many new, unique and beautiful illumination sequences that can be created at home! We buy lots of wires, LED bulbs, circuits and start assembling them. Usually, the end result is shocking, in more ways than one. Playing with electricity is a dangerous sport and best left to technically trained electricians and servicemen, preferably from a reputed name in house repair and maintenance.
- Paint is a Pain: Encouraged by the TVCs where home owners paint their own houses, a few of us try our hand at it too. While painting the home is a job meant for professionals, many of us screw up by using the wall paint to color wooden doors! Wood has a completely different texture and needs a completely different set of paints. Using normal wall paint to color doors will not only make them look dull but reduce their life too. Before you start painting, make sure to buy some paint meant for doors and other wooden surfaces as well.
- Drilling through Walls: You just saw that cool towel holder in a DIY video and decided to install one in your bath. But, unlike the video, if you don’t have the power-drill hammer machine to show the screw its place in the wall and you pick up a hammer and hit the head of the screw the way you would hit a nail! The result? A surface that was smooth a minute back may look chipped or cracked, and defaced. Nails and screws may look alike to you, but they serve very different purposes. Never ever interchange them.
- Hasty Measurement: One fine morning you decide to change the old carpet that had been serving you for quite a while now. Buoyed by the excitement of Diwali, you decide to get a new one as soon as possible. You buy a new rug, come back home, unroll it only to find it does not fit. Turns out that you got the measurement all wrong because you mixed up the units and now the new soft carpet is giving you a hard time. It’s advisable to you take measurements seriously.
- Copying a Carpenter: Many people are closet carpenters in the making. What could possibly go wrong in fixing a few nails in the furniture or attempting to fix a table with a broken leg? Actually there’s a lot to lose. First, you lose out on time. While everybody out there is hunting for a good carpenter, you’re not. And while you say you have the task all figured out, you know better. Role play isfinebut a lot of a carpenter’s skill comes from experience that most of us obviously lack. Taking on the mantle of a carpenter is a great decision but can be quite risky too. One might just end up damaging the furniture almost irreparably, leaving a messy job for your carpenter service guy to fix. Rather than being adventurous, it is better to let the professional do his job with furniture polishing, sofa cloth replacement or fixing doors and windows that need a real carpenter’s attention, instead of tackling it by yourself.
So, this Diwali it’ll be a good idea to invest your time planning the festivities, making the guest list and buying gifts. Leave the home repairs to a proficient team of experts so that you can sit back, watch your home be transformed, feel lighter and enjoy the festival of lights.