If you’ve spent any amount of time online looking at Home Renovation tips and tricks, then you’ll probably have realized that almost everything is positive and encouraging. This is great news for a budding DIYer that wants to learn new skills and make a difference in their home. Whether it’s something simple like repainting rooms or building an extension to their garage, there are lots of projects that are documented online to give you the best chance of success.

Unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to make money these days is to sell a dream. When you make people think that they can do something difficult, it ensnares them in a trap where they spend money on useless things that you can recommend and get a commission from. This is generally why so many home DIY blogs and videos are so positive–because there’s something in it for the creator.

Of course, that’s quite a cynical look at DIY in general and it’s not always like that. However, the home renovation trap is real and it’s important to understand when you’re being caught in that web and how to get out. So here are some practical tips on how to get real DIY advice and where to actually learn new skills.

Home renovation works for some, but others might find easier options

When it comes to renovating, you should always consider the potential damage that you could cause to your home. For example, if you end up painting a room but neglect some basics such as covering your furniture or stripping existing paint, the end job can look horrible and you may need to hire an expert to fix it. Most opulent homes are renovated by professionals and not their owners unless it’s a small project because there’s a lot at stake. This should be your mindset when it comes to home renovation. If you have nothing to lose then it’s perfectly fine to practice renovations or tackle a full-scale project. However, you might find easier options such as hiring professionals or even getting a friend or family member to help out.

Don’t be fooled into buying cheap tools

If you’re serious about DIY then don’t be fooled into buying cheap tools or “substitute” tools that people claim can do multiple jobs. You need the right tool for the job and this is going to involve some level of investment on your part. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can perform a professional DIY renovation with cheap materials and hardware.

If you have a budget and want to learn, pay for professional resources and lessons

One of the best ways to learn is to fail. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have second homes where we can practice renovations on. That said, you do need a place to cut your teeth and get accustomed to DIY tools and practices. That’s why we would suggest going to any kind of DIY course or workshop to get familiar with the tools and materials that you’ll be using. Even a one-day crash course can teach you a lot on how to avoid renovation mistakes and be safer with your tools.