Have you been putting off that home improvement project because you simply don’t know where to start? Some home improvement projects seem overwhelming. They can take precious time and soak up all your spare cash. With a little planning, you can get past that and enjoy the benefits of a do-it-yourself project. Here is a guide to help you get your goals accomplished.
First, have a vision. Do you know what you want the space to look like? Consider what it needs to be used for. What do you want from the space? Try drawing a sketch of the area and designate what you need to go in each spot. Give yourself a few days to ponder what you really like, and what is just a passing fad. Once you have a diagram or idea planned you can move on to the next step.
Next, do your research. If you are planning a garden, check to see what kind of flowers flourish in your climate. If it’s a decorating project, what kind of materials will be pleasing to the eye, yet still functional? If it’s a larger home renovation project consider the impact (positive or negative) on your home’s value. Do you need permits? Make a list of materials you need to complete your project. Many websites have step-by-step plans available along with a shopping list of needed materials.
Once you have your list of materials needed, shop around. Check major retailers online, as well as local surplus and home stores. Talk to friends, often word of mouth can help you find deals. Make a price list of the cost of materials. Do you have all the equipment needed to build? Consider renting or borrowing tools that you will probably not use again to prevent waste. Total the costs of everything up.
Can you afford this project? When planning your costs, remember to add in tax for cost of materials. Something always comes up and it’s better to be prepared, so always figure in an extra 10-20% over your total budget for incidentals. Once you have the finances straight you can begin on planning your timeline.
Do you have the time to dedicate to this project? Figure how long the project should take. One way to get a large project accomplished is to break it down into several smaller projects. Do you have friends or family that can help with the work? What if the weather doesn’t cooperate? These are all things to consider before breaking ground.
Finally, get going! There is no time like the present to make your vision a reality.