As the old saying goes: fail to plan, plan to fail. Not just a tactic to scare the novice builder out of their development, this is a mantra to live by when planning your next project. There are common pitfalls in the planning process that can be easily prevented. Here are 6 common mistakes to avoid when planning your next project.
Safety is paramount
There is nothing worse than your project being put on hold because you’ve accidentally nailed your finger to the wall or because you can’t quite make out what your partner is saying when you aren’t wearing headphones. Ensure you have assessed any potential risks in your project and that you have the right protective equipment to complete the job safely.
Personal Protective Equipment isn’t just to look the part, it’s to protect you from very real threats.
Safety should be the first consideration of any project. Avoid the common mistake of an accident, as well as a trip to the hospital. Plan, purchase, but most importantly, ensure that you use the safety equipment necessary for your project.
You don’t need to be a mathematician to complete the budget for your next project.
You do, however, need to be thorough. Sit down and work out each and every material, cost or consumable involved with completing your project. Underestimating a project budget can cost not only money but time as well – if you can’t afford to complete the project straight away. For good measure, add 10% to your project budget, this will avoid any awkward realisations at the hardware store.
Availability of resources
Resources are a big part of any project, for example, those polished timber floors don’t look so great when the timber you want isn’t available. To avoid the disappointment of having to go with a second option, look around and ensure that suppliers have the materials and resources you actually want to complete your project with. If they don’t, look into timeframes for when they will have it in stock. Remember you want the project to be a success, and sometimes that means waiting a little while longer for what you want.
There are some things that a hammer, screwdriver or drill just won’t fix.
Sometimes you need specialised equipment. Plan out at the beginning of your project any special equipment you may need. Check with local suppliers for availability on hire, costs and any training you may require. Avoid the mistake of having to blow out your timeline by ensuring you know how to use the equipment. Otherwise be prepared to fork out more money to rehire again – after you’ve been trained and with new materials.
Sketch it out
You don’t need to be Picasso to avoid this common mistake, but to avoid disappointment when you finish your project and say “I imagined it looking better”. Instead take the time to do some sketches of the finished product at the end of your project. Then speak to a local professional to firstly check if your dream is feasible, but more importantly that you are happy with the conceptualised end product.
Research, research, research
Avoid the common mistake of taking people at their word when they say: “It looks really great when it’s installed”. Instead, do your research and ask to see an example or finished jobs of that project. If you have friends, family or colleagues who have done something similar, visit their houses and see for yourself. Visit showrooms or product displays and ensure that what you think you’ll end up with is actually what materialises at the end of your project.
Mistakes are human nature – if we didn’t make mistakes then how would we learn? But remember the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. So learn from those who have come before you, and avoid the common mistakes when planning your next project. If you’re looking for the best safety equipment for your next project, explore the Anything Safety range today.