There’s been a splurge in DIY home improvement projects over
the years thanks to easy-to-find
tutorials on the internet and DIY shows on HGTV. But while these tutorials
and TV shows may make DIY project seem like something you can easily handle,
it’s very important you truly understand what you’re getting into before you
start knocking down walls or taking out cabinets. If this is your first time
doing any type of home improvement project, here are the five things you need
to know first to help make this easier on you.
1. Have a budget.
Having a budget is essential for any home improvement
project. If you don’t set a budget, you’ll quickly realize how many times a
trip to store can add up and have you spending way more than you thought you
would. It doesn’t matter if you have a smaller
renovation budget or a larger one, having a budget is the most important
thing you should do for any project. Take some time to thoroughly think about
what it is you can spend on this project, and then do everything you can to
stay within that budget. As a rule of thumb, though: Once you have a budget,
it’s always a good idea to add 10-20% more to it for incidentals.
2. Know when to hire
While you may take pride in doing a home improvement project
all on your own, there are certain times when hiring a professional is the
right move to make. For instance, if you are dealing with plumbing, electrical,
or gas, having a professional do the work will save you time and money and
ensure it’s all done right. According to Fix It Right
Plumbing in Geelong, “Many homeowners are under the assumption that hiring
professionals will only increase their budget, but allowing professionals do
the work right the first time and fix all the problems will help homeowners
save money in the long run.”
3. Think of the
One of the biggest problems people make when tackling their
first project is not truly thinking about what the timeline will actually be.
For instance, don’t assume that a project can be done in a weekend if it
involves getting into things you’ve never done before, like tiling. Instead,
you need to be truly realistic about your timeline or make necessary
arrangements if the timeline will be stretched. For instance, if you are
remodeling your only bathroom, you’ll want to ensure you either get it done in
a timely fashion or you make plans to live somewhere else until it’s finished.
After all, being out of a bathroom is not something you’ll want to experience
for a long period of time.
Doing research is very important when you’re tackling your first
home improvement project. Never just assume that you know what you’re doing
because you saw it once on an episode of House
Crashers. Instead, make sure you watch all the tutorials, read all the
articles, and talk to all the professionals you can to get a handle on what
you’re doing. The more you know about a topic, the easier it will be for you to
handle that specific project without too many issues. And if you ever find
yourself feeling unsure, let a professional come in and ensure it’s being done
5. Be prepared for
When you rely on home improvement shows to present the end
result, you simply assume that once a project is over, everything will be back
to normal. However, there is some aftermath you need to consider with certain home
improvement projects. For instance, if your project required you to take down
walls, add new drywall, or build anything, there will be dust floating around
your house for a few weeks after the project. This is normal until it all
settles, but just be prepared to dust or vacuum more often than usual. If you
are tiling floors or walls, you need to let the mortar settle for a certain
amount of time. This means you may not be able to use the shower or walk on
that tile for a few days. Keep this in mind when creating your timeline too.
Home improvement projects are a great way to give your home
a facelift and tackling these projects on your own can give you a major sense
of accomplishment. However, before you start your first DIY project, it’s very
important you know what you’re getting into.