When you’re a newbie looking to renovate or improve the home it’s exciting. But, sweet dreams soon turn to nightmares if you don’t have the inside scoop on what to do in various phases of the job. It doesn’t matter whether you’re renovating the entire house or just doing a little Fence Repair, there are pitfalls. Here, we want to make certain that your experience is seamless and fun. So, here’s some of the best points we have. Some of it may seem common savvy but you’d be surprised at what folks forget.
Think and Then Think Again
This is one of those common-sense things that people forget. Give yourself permission to think the entire project through from beginning to end. After you know why you’re doing a specific home improvement project, it’s easier to get it done systematically. Create a project plan, even rough sketches, pricing and time. These elements are the ones that cause the dream to go sour. But, when approached in a positive manner, you have every opportunity to make the dream in your head become reality for your home.
Differentiate the Work Zone from the Living Zone
The people that live in your home as well as pets and visitors can injure themselves on a work in progress. So, make sure you’ve thought out where you’ll prepare meals and eat them; where you’ll sleep; how you’ll travel to and from these areas you’ll use throughout the allotted construction time and lastly, where pets will go and how to keep them out of the areas they’re used to being in.
You Can’t Blame the Tools
Getting everything you would need for the job and estimating the cost of supplies in is important to do before you hammer a single nail. Having the wrong tools can do anything from preventing the job from being done at all to a serious safety hazard as well as costs in fines from your city. Make sure you have a supply-list from a trusted source prior to starting. For example: should you use a cement nail or a drywall nail? Or, should you use a raw plug, etc.
Would Pre-Fabrications Be Better Than DIY?
Some folks just aren’t cut out to be DIY professionals. It can take a lot of sweat, and a lot of money. But, did you know there’s another way? Look into some prefabricated pieces or structures. Sometimes there are kits that provide all the right tools and materials, so you don’t have to, and they cost a lot less in money and time. Just make sure that if it’s a shed or something going on to the property exterior that you check with the city for permits. Yes, even a small tool shed can be taken down by county or city order.
If You Do DIY, Go One Step Further Than the Right Tools
The right tools are half the battle, but the wrong materials will negate your best tool intentions. This is simple: Use what the job calls for and don’t use a weaker brand pipe that may explode when they freeze in the winter, just to save money.