Planning a DIY project

Category: Posted on: 08/5/13 1:53 PM

Plan your project.

You can avoid a home improvement disaster by following a simple 6 step plan for DIY projects. Follow these steps to ensure you achieve your goal without a headache, while saving you valuable time and money.

1. Check the law before you start

Make sure you can legally do the project on your own. Your local authority may require permits for large projects or a licensed professional to do certain parts of a job. Safety issues, such as hazardous materials and knowledge of bearing walls, structural issues and utility connections, must also be considered.

2. Plan first

We know planning is boring, but it’s the first step you have to take when starting a DIY project or any project for that matter. It saves you time in the long run, helps you think the job through, make all of the difficult decisions, and gets together everything you need before you start working.

3. Budget

If you plan on redoing a room, decide how far you’re willing to go. You can repaint a room for cheap, but add some new wallpaper and you’ll be doubling the amount you spend. The choice is yours, but be sure you know what you’re getting into before you have an unfinished project and a big hole in your pocket.

4. Make a file

Most people want their rooms to be vibrant, colorful, and full of life which means you’ll need color charts for paint, wallpaper, and fabric samples to help you decide which products to use.

  • You can pick up free color charts from a local home improvement store
  • Ask for samples of unwrapped rolls of wallpaper and borders on display
  • A local market can be an excellent source for cheap fabrics
  • Monthly home magazines can be a good source for color-scheme ideas

Buying a scrapbook to keep all of your samples in will help your organization and is a quick way to reference a sample.

5. Plan your time

Your time is the only free part of your project, but you still have to figure out how much of it is needed for the job. Don’t underestimate how long a project will take. Just preparing a room, clearing furniture, taking things down, patching up any damage, covering or stripping the carpet and so on – could take at least a day to accomplish. You’ll feel much better if you set a realistic timetable and are able to stick to it after your project has started. No one likes a job that drags on when you thought it would only take a few hours.

6. Get organized

Last, but certainly not least, make sure you know exactly what you’re up against. For example, a bathroom could involve replacing wall tiles, painting, and woodwork. Even fixing an annoying and costly dripping sink. Don’t leave out any details, a single faucet that has one drip per minute leaks over 34 gallons of water a year!

By getting organized now you’ll be able to work out what order you need to do things and then organize a shopping list and you work time. Before you can begin work, you have to estimate how much of everything you need.

Tackling a home improvement project by yourself with the right planning and equipment can be very satisfying and helps you save a lot of money. As with anything practice makes perfect, so work your way into a project. Stay tuned for more DIY help and projects!


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