For many homeowners, DIY projects are a way to make repairs or upgrades without spending a lot of money. While this is a good idea, not planning for the project can lead to major headaches. Here are several good reasons it’s important to plan that DIY project before you start.
1. Your Experience Level
Doing things yourself will most likely save you money… if you know what you’re doing, that is. Take for instance: remodeling your bathroom. If you already have plumbing or flooring experience, you’ve got a good start.
Consider your experience level and how much of the project you can comfortably do yourself and then call in a professional for the areas you know little about.
2. The Timeline
Many homeowners underestimate the amount of time it will take to complete a project. Because you’re not an expert, it’s probably going to take you longer than you think, even if everything goes smoothly.
Unfortunately, most DIY projects rarely go as planned, so be sure to allow extra time for unexpected things that could happen such as a broken pipe or some improper construction hiding behind a wall.
3. The Tools
Many home improvement projects require special tools to complete. You have several options when it comes to acquiring the tools you need for your project, so figure out ahead of time where you’ll get them, so you don’t waste time running around town for them.
If the tools you need are ones you’ll use again, consider purchasing them yourself. If the tool is expensive, try renting it from a hardware store instead. Lastly, ask family or friends if you can borrow the tools you need to save the most money.
4. Make a List
As you plan for your DIY project, make a list of the supplies you’ll need, and make one trip to the home improvement store. The more things you can purchase before you start, the more time and money you’ll save yourself by not having to make multiple trips to the store.
5. Enlist the Help of Friends or Family
If your DIY project is something you can do on your schedule and not an emergency, try to get family and/or friends to help. This is especially good if said family and friends have special skills in the area of your DIY project.
By going this route, you can keep more money in your wallet because you won’t have to pay a professional fee. Just be sure to ask for assistance well before the start of your project so your enlisted help has time to plan their schedules accordingly.
Regardless of the type of DIY project you want to do, proper planning ahead of time can make for a more successful outcome. Follow the tips above for planning your DIY project in advance.