Do you have the drive to take on a new home renovation project yourself? Follow these Pro tips to help you nail down your renovation stress-free and successfully.
1-What’s the plan
It’s worthwhile to do a little research online before rolling up your sleeves, look for handy videos or step-by-step tutorials that will help you create a DIY plan and nail all the steps. While most projects before and after appear fast and easy to complete to the casual eye , there is often more hands-on work than what meets the eye.
2-Get professional advise
If you are considering taking on a home renovation project yourself, to ensure a successful end result, it is always helpful asking for a pro’s point of view first. Requesting a consultation from a designer or hiring an inspector at home for example can give a unique insight and help you anticipate potential problems in your own home. It is also important to know if licensed commercial professionals and permits are necessary to complete the work, so that you are protected if something goes wrong according to plan, all for insurance and liability purposes.
3-What’s your budget
The last thing a homeowner wants to the is lack of motivation or money in the mid term. Granted, sweat is free, it is always important to create a logical estimate of the materials required and muster a complete budget for your project. A great motivator of a lot of DIY is the possibility to save money by doing some DIY work rather than hiring a professional. Some exhausting or more specialized tasks are well worth your investment in dollars and worth hiring a pro. In the end, your time and efforts are precious and valuable as well.
Whatever the large or small project, even a skilled handymen does not manage to estimate a clear deadline on project completion time. It is important to take a step back before starting a project and to write each sequential move, then to list the materials and costs associated with each move, and then to apply a time estimate to each steps of the project. It is worth adding 10% to 20% more time in case of bad weather and more time to the project than was originally thought to explain the bumps along the way. Ultimately, nothing is worse than a project taking longer than evaluated and having to leave it unfinished.
5-First, be safe
Having safety equipment on hand and taking extra precautions to protect yourself and your home from a potential DIY accident is more important than the actual home improvement project itself. Depending on the project, invest in appropriate personal protections such as safety goggles, work gloves, helmets and steel boots. It is important to avoid wearing baggy clothing that could be caught in power tools and moving parts. Make sure your environment is safe and that valuables are packed and protected with respect to your work environment. A clean and clear work-space is a safe space!
6-Be thorough with your preliminary work
Keep in mind that the preliminary work is probably 90% of the DIY battle. The anticipation of refreshing kitchen panels with a new coat of paint can make it tempting to ignore the still important steps of sanding and priming. The use of essential preparation elements, such as high quality primers to ensure optimum adhesion to the paint, the proper grain of sand paper. In this way the final results will be successful and sustainable are guaranteed
7-Have the proper product & tools
It is important to research and invest in the products and finishes designed for the settings that they will follow, that are all found in renovation centers. There is a product out there for every situation and every setting – you just need to make sure that you choose the best for your specific job. There is a big difference between a piece of wood and a hand saw. Purchasing power tools and quality labor can actually save a lot of time tinkering to complete a project, can minimize material damage, thus saving money and frustration. Many home improvement centers now offer tool rental options and expert advises.
8-Practice does makes perfect, but always know your limit
It makes a difference to take time to practice with the scrap materials before you get to the finished product. Especially if you’re stepping into new DIY territory with a project and skill that you’ve never tried before. Accidents occur when people are apprehensive or intimidated by a new or uncomfortable task, if you are not 100% sure of using power tools or climbing a ladder, do not do it! To ensure your success in your home improvement adventure, there is help out there for you, workshops are given by experienced and knowledgeable professional that you can find at many local home improvement centers or from your friendly local contractor.