Are you looking to improve your home?
If you are then read these 7 home improvement tips below:
Decide if it is a DIY Project – When beginning your home improvement project the first thing you need to do is decide whether it is a do-it-yourself project or not. If this is not a DIY project then refer to the article on 7 Home Design Tips, which will give you the process for developing your home remodel with professional assistance. If the project is small and you have the time to commit and learn the process then DIY projects are okay, but if time is an issue and you are dealing with a lot of trades (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, etc.) then hiring professionals is the way to go.
Develop Your DIY Skills – Assuming this is a DIY project your next job is to determine what skills you currently have and what skills you will need to augment. Again this goes back to the size of the project and cost of the project. If you are good with your hands and a quick learner then developing additional skills to tackle your project may not be a problem. In any event you should always know or have professionals in mind in the event you work on a portion of the project where you need the assistance. For the most part the library and internet can help you learn additional skills. YouTube is a great way to learn how to accomplish any project since the video how-to’s are a good starting point.
Know your seasons – Most contractors plan their schedule around the seasons and the projected weather. You can learn from this and plan accordingly. If you are planning to remodel your home make sure you understand the season you are in and what the upcoming weather will be. Depending on the type of remodel you are doing the weather can have a huge impact. So check the weather for a few weeks out depending on the type of project you are doing and the duration. A farmers almanac can help you plan the best time to complete you home remodel around the best weather conditions.
Get Inspired – If you are new to home remodels you may need a little inspiration for what to do. Look at HGTV and other home remodeling shows for ideas you can use. Also look through home design magazines and also use the internet to help you come up with a good design. If you are doing a living room remodel, don’t just look at images or shows that do the same type of remodel. Often times you can get ideas from remodels that happen in other parts of the home. Inspiration can hit you while watching or looking at anything so make sure to look at a lot of images that can give you ideas to assist in your DIY project.
Clean Up – Don’t forget to plan for clean up. Often times people that complete DIY projects forget that there will be a lot of debris and clean up to do during and after the project is complete. It is best to plan ahead and get a dumpster or large disposal bin that you can rent from your local rental location. These will be a necessity while you are going through the remodel since you will accumulate a lot of debris and trash that needs to be disposed of. So plan ahead and schedule a dumpster rental for the time you are working on the remodel.
Choose your contractor wisely – There may come a time while you are working on your home remodel that you need help to complete a certain portion of the project. If this is the case you will most likely need the assistance of a contractor, but you need to choose them wisely. Not all contractors know how to do every portion of a project. Many contractors specialize and focus on certain portions of a construction project. So when choosing a contractor figure out what portion of the job you need help with and interview different contractors until you find the right fit. Working with a contractor can help make things easier, but if you choose the wrong one they can waste you time and money.
Determine where to cut cost – While working on your remodel you may find funds running a little low. If this is the case you may need to determine where to cut cost in the process. If you did an adequate job of planning at the beginning then you would have itemized the aspects of the job along with the cost. You can look back at this itemized list and determine where you might be able to get cheaper items of get help to accomplish portions of the job that might save you time and money.
These tips will help you accomplish a do-it-yourself project if this is something you are looking to do. The first thing is coming up with a plan of action. A good plan can help you save time, money, and heartache during the process.
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