Many people consider it a rewarding experience most especially if you’re a first time homeowner. Considering the money you can save from hiring a professional and having a sense of accomplishment you’ll feel, right? Although, if you have chosen to do the wrong projects, chances are all your time and effort will be wasted, and you’ll end up paying for more to have the work redone correctly. Some improvements are just not meant for you to do on your own.
So before doing what you think could do well for your home, ask yourself the following questions just to figure out which projects you can do by yourself and which are needed some ‘pro’ hands.
Is it worth your time and effort?
Time and sweat should always be taken in consideration when doing these projects. Before you even think if you can do it, think of how much time you have available to complete it and if it’s worth that time investment. There are also some projects that you can do over the weekend or that can be comfortably spread out overtime like painting, landscaping, and finishing a basement which are great for DIY.
And also keep in mind that even if you might have saved on labor, the materials you’re going to use could cost you more than you think.
How Risky is it?
Rule out certain risky projects right away like those that have the potential to seriously injure you or severely damage your home. Anything involving main electrical lines or natural gas pipes should be left done by professionals. You don’t want anything to blow up, right?
Doing the plumbing also counts as a risky job most especially if you’re installing a new faucet that might need more tools than you expected.
If your project is to knock down a wall, maybe it sounds pretty simple to do; this could present greater risks to your home itself. Check out if there is any electrical wiring or plumbing behind it. And also, avoid any projects that could affect the structural integrity of your home like tearing down walls and converting roof space.
Do you have the knowledge, skills, and equipment needed to do it right?
Consider the following:
- Do you know all the steps it will take to do the job?
- Do you have all the necessary tools or can you borrow them or rent them?
- How much skill or expertise is needed to do this project properly – and do you have it?
- What are your resources if the project turns into a DIY disaster? – Many pros ask for more to redo work or worse, refuse to do it at all.
Don’t be fooled with those easy DIY shows you see on TV, be realistic! Some looks easy but it would take you a long time to figure out how.
How to get started with DIY Home improvements
Start with small fixes/projects and grow from there. It could help build your confidence and prepare you to something much bigger. For example, you should learn how to change an electrical outlet before you tackle rewiring a room; or maybe before building a deck, try building a raised garden bed first.
Doing a partial DIY project can also save you a lot of money on bigger projects. Aim the parts of a project that are more labor-intensive and outsource the rest.
At the end of it all, nothing’s worse than investing your time and effort into an upgrade that you screwed up. Choose your projects carefully by knowing your risks and capabilities because nothing could make you prouder than an improvement you did yourself.
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