Don’t Make These 3 DIY Mistakes

DIY projects can be a great way to save money and improve your home – until they go wrong. Without proper preparation and experience, DIY projects and home renovations can quickly take a turn for the worse.

Whether it be poor judgment in paint color or attempting to tile a floor with self-leveling concrete one bucket at a time, a simple mistake can ruin a DIY home project.

We wanted to know, what are some of the most notable DIY projects gone wrong real estate professionals have seen? We asked Colorado REALTORS to share the most memorably DIY fails they’ve seen in Colorado homes for sale.

Built-in Gone Wrong

In one house I toured, the seller moved the washer/dryer to the living room and built a bar around it. It was poorly constructed and just weird.

Nina Kuhl

Cherry Creek Properties LLC

Lack of Expertise

Too many to say! Mostly, any project that is done without the knowledge, time, patience, and experience to do a project well done.

Jillian Skinner

HomeSmart Realty Group

Tile Requires Detail

Tile is much more difficult that consumers understand. I see poorly done detail work all the time on counters, backsplash, floors, tub enclosures. The really bad jobs also run out of consistent material.

Bob Gordon

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

If you’re tackling a DIY home project, consider these stories a word of caution. For homeowners willing to put in the time, patience, and practice to do a job well, DIY projects can be a great way to improve your home. However, if your DIY project doesn’t become the show-stopper you set out to create, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

A professional can step in and help transform your DIY project from “fail” to “success” by providing valuable expertise. Don’t risk lower home value with a DIY project gone wrong. Ask your REALTOR for a recommendation — real estate professionals have connections with local contractors and experienced professionals. They can also help you identify projects to tackle before selling your home. Connect with a Colorado real estate professionals.


Originally published July 5, 2016 — Updated July 5, 2018