DIY Home Improvement Tips to Your Success

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Everyone knows DIY home improvement projects save you money. Whether you’re improving your home for a better living, or to raise its market value, the greatest reward however is not the money normally. It is the satisfaction of knowing that you did it yourself.

Let’s face it though. Homeowners like you and I are mostly amateurs at home improvement projects. We over estimate our skill levels and become disappointed when we fail to complete the do-it-yourself home repair in time and within budget. More often than not, we just abandon the projects half-way through.

You don’t have to let that happen to you. After several failures, I have taken the advice from friends and the professionals and compiled them into a list of quick home improvement tips. They’ve helped make my last few DIY home improvement a success and I hope they’ll help you too.

1. Plan, Plan and Plan Some More

You can’t go wrong planning ahead and be prepared. Work out the project in your head, put it down on paper, then go through it again carefully when you do the actual work. Get more materials than you need. Wastes and scraps do occur in DIY home repair. You’ll be glad when you don’t have to drive back and forth the hardware store to get yet another piece of wood, or yet another pail of paint.

2. Divide and Conquer

Divide the whole home improvement repair project into smaller tasks that are complete on their own. Don’t think of painting the entire house inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs in one weekend. Think about painting your kid’s room or the kitchen. They will be much easier to handle one small job at a time. And in case the whole project drags on for a while, at least things won’t be so messy.

3. Better Safe Than Sorry

When the professionals need to wear hard hats and protective glasses, what makes you think you’re better and don’t need those gears? Ear plugs, dusk masks, safety boots are all essential safety gears depending on the type of do-it-yourself home repair job. Don’t have any of them? Well, which you would prefer: Spending money to get the gears now, or to pay the hospital bills later? Your choice.

4. Quality Counts

Saving money by skimping on quality materials and tools is a bad idea. Sure your do-it-yourself home improvement will cost less. Instead of lasting for 10 years though, maybe you’ll have to redo the project in another 5 years. The right tools will probably get the job done in a month but now you need 3 months or more. You may save money in the short term, but it may cost you more in the long run. Be reasonable though. Don’t pay for quality out of your reach.

5. Complete the Job

Don’t leave your DIY home improvement project hanging. Finish it. Maybe you’re out of time to complete the project this weekend. So put the tools away, and remember to bring them out again next weekend. Don’t ever start more home improvement projects unless you’ve finished the current one. If you don’t stick to this rule, nothing will ever get done. Really.

Home Improvement Tips for Complete Beginners

There are many different ways of looking at home improvement projects – for many it’s a weekend hobby, whereas for others it can become something of an obsession! In the UK in particular, home improvement has become a national obsession, as evidenced by the number of DIY and ‘property’ related programs on the daily TV schedule! Of course if you are new to DIY its really important to take things one step at a time, and not to overstretch yourself. In this short article I’m going to share a few tips to help you along the way.

It’s important to try and be flexible when it comes to achieving your DIY goals. You may have your heart set on the project taking only 2 months, however you may have to build some ‘fat’ into your plans, especially if you are on a tight budget. And whilst we are on the subject of budgets, its always a very good idea to set aside a contingency fund, just in case your cost estimates are a little on the low side.

As with any project or undertaking, you should always have a clear idea in mind at the outset of what you are looking to achieve. In the world of project management this is known as the project ‘scope’ and it details all of the things that will (and won’t) be delivered by the end of the project. It’s better to err on the side of being conservative, and not to bite off more than you can metaphorically chew.

If you are looking for a functional home improvement project, that is still relatively easy to achieve, then try “building up.” Its a well known fact that walls create a lot of wasted space, and opening up rooms can provide much needed additional space in your family home.

One of the most effective ways of refreshing the look of your home is to remove and replace outdated wallpaper. If money isn’t an issue, the best way to remove wallpaper is to buy (or rent) a commercial wallpaper stripper. If, however, fund are limited, you can achieve the same goal by filling a bottle with a mixture of fabric softener and hot water. Then simply saturate the wallpaper with the mixture. Leave the wallpaper for a short period of time and then peel off with a knife.

A lot of home owners are looking to install elaborate lighting features to hallways and living rooms now, and these can form a really interesting centrepiece to your home. These features don’t have to cost the earth, however, as more and more lighting companies now offer mid-range products that are based on more elaborate pieces. Sometimes all it takes is a mini chandelier in your bedroom to create a real accent piece for your property.

Hopefully these tips have opened your eyes to the fact that DIY and home improvement projects don’t have to be that complicated or time consuming. If you are still concerned about taking on this type of work, then its sensible to take on a very small project first. This will give you the confidence you need to take on those bigger projects in the future!