So you want to begin a home improvement project but simply don’t have the money to pay a contractor. That’s why you decided on DIY home improvement. Good for you! Even without construction experience, most home improvement can be done by the do it yourselfer. But before you get started there are a few things you need to consider if you want your home to look like it was done by a professional.
The two main things we’ll be touching on here are having a good plan and having the determination to see the project through to the end. There’s nothing more annoying and less attractive than a half completed project in the home. You must have the end in mind and the plan to get there before you even begin.
So the first thing you want to do is determine exactly what you will be doing. It sounds obvious, but way too many projects are started without a full visualization of the finished project. Get ideas from the rest of your family. Check home magazines for ideas as well. Even search online until you find exactly the project that will make your home more appealing to you.
Now that you have the end in mind, let’s figure out what it’s going to take to get there. That means we need to talk about money. Figure out all the materials you need ahead of time, tools included, and how much it will cost. You’ve got a budget to stay within and the last thing you want to do is run out of money midway through the project. If the materials will cost too much, figure out if there is a less expensive alternative that will work. If not, perhaps it’s time to consider another less expensive project. You must have all this figured out before you start or your project will be a disaster.
Now create a time line. When do you want to be finished? Is it realistic for you to complete the project in that amount of time? What you need to do is create a schedule for each step of the project and stick to it. By forcing yourself to stay on schedule you’ll be able to get past those times when you just don’t feel like working or when your enthusiasm for the project begins to wane. And believe me when I say those things will happen.
If you have to be done by a certain date (perhaps you are hosting a wedding reception or party), make sure you can schedule enough time to get the project completed in time. And give yourself a little leeway. There will inevitably be setbacks that might throw you behind schedule. If the time frame is cutting it too close, perhaps it will be better to wait before you begin.
Creating a DIY home improvement plan is not that difficult, just take your time and do it right. The more time you put into the planning, the better your project will be when it is completed.