Before you start your next home improvement project, check out these easy-peasy lessons from industry experts.
Keep your home running smoothly and finish any home improvement project easily with these tips.
Home Improvement Lesson #1: Plan It Out
Plan it all out before you start. Draw up you schematic, list your steps out, and budget out all your costs.
Planning will save you from overspending, getting completely lost, and silly mistakes.
Sure you may still run into issues, but planning will help you reduce problems. You’ll be better equipped to handle them too.
This will also help you be able to determine if you can completely DIY or if there’s certain steps you’ll need professional help on. Get several professional quotes and plan out their availability and cost of services before hand.
Home Improvement Lesson #2: Make Sure You Have The Right Tools
This falls along the same idea as planning and budgeting out your project.
You’ll want to make sure you have all the tools and materials needed for your project before you begin. Price out rentals vs. buying tools and the cost benefit between them.
If you don’t have the tools or expertise for certain projects or parts of projects then hire someone who does. Gather and compare many professional expert quotes.
Home Improvement Lesson #3: Make Sure You Have The Right Permits and “Go Ahead”
You’ll want to make sure that DIY and professional projects are ok with your city and state regulations.
If a pro is doing the job, they will know what regulations they need to meet and make sure you’re all good on that front. If you’re doing it yourself, it’s a good rule of thumb to check your project meets all requirements and that you have any proper permits for your project.
Check out prefabricated options, as they usually follow all the rules to meet requirements. Prefabricated construction is often less costly too.
Home Improvement Lesson #4: Isolate Your Project Area
Block your project area off from your living quarters. Introduce measures to keep your pets and kids out of the area too. This will reduce the mess and protect others from injury or from messing up your progress.
It also makes your living area much more neat and sane. No one wants to be dealing with a huge mess day to day.
Home Improvement Lesson #5: Protect Your Belongings
You’ll need different protective measures based on your project and your working area. Put down drop cloths, cover furniture, empty out an area, and tape off anything you need to keep your belongings in good condition.
Keeping your project and living areas separate and protected will feel a lot better, will be safer, and will help insure your project success.
You’ll also want to protect the materials you’re working with. Some tools and materials are temperature prone and will need to be babied a bit. Some projects are better done in warmer months and others in colder months. Just be aware of this and plan accordingly.
Home Improvement Lesson #6: Choose Quality–No Cheap Shortcuts
While you always want the best deal, don’t forget that quality is part of that deal.
Shortcuts will only shorten the life of your project and may even cause major costly repairs down the road. Not worth it.
So if you need a pro, get one. Call around and make sure to get the best quotes and expert opinions so you know you’re getting a good deal.
If you think you can DIY, then make sure you have all the right tools, materials, and expertise to do a job well done. And always get quality materials.