Everyone knows DIY home improvement projects save you money. Whether you're improving your home for a better living, or to raise its market value, the greatest reward however is not the money normally. It is the satisfaction of knowing that you did it yourself
Homeowners are mostly amateurs at home improvement projects. They over estimate their skill levels and become disappointed when they fail to complete the do-it-yourself home repair in time and within budget. More often than not, they just abandon the projects half-way through.
The following are key ideas on how to make your DIY home improvement a success and not a disaster.
1. Plan, Plan and Plan Some More:
You can't go wrong planning ahead and be prepared. Work out the project in your head, put it down on paper, then go through it again carefully when you do the actual work. Get more materials than you need . Wastes and scraps do occur in DIY home repair. You'll be glad when you don't have to drive back and forth the hardware store to get yet another piece of wood, faucet ,or yet another pail of paint.
Along with planning, comes budgeting. As you plan the details of your project, keep a running tally of the expense for each material. If you don't know how much something costs, check the Internet or call your local retailer to obtain a price ahead of time.
Once you have your budget, add 10-20% extra. Almost every home renovation project, DIY or not, runs up against unexpected expenses - it's just a reality of life's uncertainties. Whether it is materials that cost more than you expect or a surprise problem that needs to get fixed, you'll need to have the money ready to take care of it. Every good DIY'er knows to have a little extra on hand.
3. Understand Your Project:
If you have access to the Internet, and prefer to do or learn things from the comfort of your own home, then you probably want to hop online to research the subject of DIY-home improvement. Online you will be able to find numerous websites and site links that will aid and guide you in the art of home improvement. For just about every project you have in mind, inside of your home and outside, you will be able to find detailed DIY home improvement tips and ideas. If you are a different type of learner who needs a person-to-person consultation, then that is easy to do as well. Simply visit businesses in your local area that specialize in things related to home improvement, like a hardware store, or a nursery if it's outdoor work you are planning
4. Divide and Conquer:
Divide the whole home improvement repair project into smaller tasks that are complete on their own. Don't think of painting the entire house inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs in one weekend. Think about painting your kid's room or the kitchen. They will be much easier to handle one small job at a time. And in case the whole project drags on for a while, at least things won't be so messy.
5. Quality Counts:
Saving money by skimping on quality materials and tools is a bad idea. Sure your do-it-yourself home improvement will cost less. Instead of lasting for 10 years though, maybe you'll have to redo the project in another 5 years. The right tools will probably get the job done in a month but now you need 3 months or more. You may save money in the short term, but it may cost you more in the long run. Be reasonable though. Don't pay for quality out of your reach.
6. Better Safe than Sorry:
Ear plugs, dusk masks, safety boots are all essential safety gears depending on the type of do-it-yourself home repair job. Be sure you take certain safety precautions such as unplugging any appliances that you are working around. Also, make sure that your power tools are unplugged when you are not using them. This is especially important if you have children because children and power tools do not mix. If you are working around pipes and such, make sure that the water is turned off as well because you don't want to risk causing a leak especially when repairing sinks and faucets.
7. Complete the Job:
Don't leave your DIY home improvement project hanging. Finish it. Maybe you're out of time to complete the project this weekend. So put the tools away, and remember to bring them out again next weekend. Don't ever start new home improvement projects unless you've finished the current one. If you don't stick to this rule, nothing will ever get done.
With the right tools and the right resources, you can pretty much do any home improvement project yourself. Only when walls have to be knocked out or foundations jacked up do you really need to look for a professional.