Making Plans for DIY Home Improvement
Getting into the neck of DIY Home Improvement work can be done spontaneously, but you just might have regrets later on. The best thing to do before investing any considerable amount of time or money into a project is to create a plan. Get your favorite writing utensils (and accessories, such as a sharpener and an eraser), writing pads (graph paper and sketch versions), drawing boards (white or chalk), and a clipboard, because these are what make up the nails and hammer of good planning! It is necessary that you have a calculator, a compass, and a ruler, to make precise measurements and drawings. Don’t forget to have on hand some masking tape and a framing square, as those come in handy. A binder and dividers will also go a long way to keep things organized and together. Last but not least, you need your thinking cap – you need to decide what it is you want and what it will take to get there.
Honestly, what it takes to get there is for the most part funds! Plans for DIY Home Improvement can be either specific or general, but either way a good plan must keep your budget in mind (and help you stick to it!). Many DIY Home Improvement projects fail in this regard. Don’t make your DIY project another casualty to poor planning. Make your estimates and mark them up by 10% just so that you’ll be prepared for any unforeseen contingencies.
Plus, sometimes our expectations don’t reflect the reality that we are after. Regardless, unexpected problems can pop up and mistakes do happen. If they don’t you’ll still have that extra money to maybe add a little adornment to your project that you wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.
In addition to funds and good estimates, timing is important as well. You have to take into consideration the environment of where your home improvement will take place. You probably don’t want to repaint the exterior walls on a rainy day or, if your project is located where it snows part of the year, to replace a roof during the winter. You also have to consider you or your family’s schedule. If you have small children, you have to make sure that they won’t walk into the middle of a hazardous construction zone. Probably the best time is during the summer, where there may be more extra hands available. It is a good idea to always have someone around to help; hopefully, no accident would (knock on wood!) occur, but it would be great to be prepared with someone who can handle a phone, an extinguisher, or simply their hands to help you up and out of what ever you’re dealing with. He or she could also help you go over any checklist of required tools and equipment to initiate your job.
Now if you know that you have the funds and the time to get the work done, recheck your incentives. Will it provides benefits now and in the long-run? There is the possibility of a “stylistic depreciation” that you should keep in mind, which means that certain home renovations are actually temporary fads that last about five years. Really think this over because you should want a good ROI and your own satisfaction with what you complete. Will you be changing the color spectrum of your home, rearranging a room, or installing new fixtures? Check out our page on ROI: Get the Best Return On Your Home-Improvement Investment for some things you should really consider in your planning.