6 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your DIY Renovations

28 November 2017


Get out the tools and get building! Well, it’s not always that simple. A DIY project needs careful consideration and planning, especially if you want something that looks decent. Before you dive into your project, there are a few things you need to think about. 6 things you should know before starting your DIY renovations.

1. Planning

Measure twice, cut once! Many individuals undertaking a DIY project won’t even know what needs to be done to achieve their goal. Enthusiasm can only get your project so far. You always need to plan your DIY projects.

Write a list of what needs to be done. This list should include the schedule and cost of everything. What tools do you need? What materials do you need? Do you need somewhere to stay while the renovation is taking place? If you need somewhere to stay, head to Gumtree for a range of great listings. Once you have done this, you will be in a better position. The more detailed this list is, the better.  You can do this for an improvement of any size.

2. Double the time and money

Any simple home improvement task, for example, painting a bedroom, will be underestimated in regards to the time needed, cost and effort. If you think it will consist of buying a tin of paint and a roller; think again.

It’s likely that the task will evolve. You will need a few undercoats because you are painting over old worn out paint. After, you need another two coats of the colour you actually want. You also have to think about cutting in, protecting the floor, buying a ladder and some other things.

A task that initially seemed simple is not so easy after all. You will only realise this after you have started. Always overestimate your costs and the length of time it will take to complete.

3. Ok to fail

It’s likely that you will fail, that is ok. You will have a clear vision of what you want, for first timers, it will not turn out like that. Don’t be turned off by this. Sometimes outcomes can simply not be achieved without the help of a professional.

If you have failed with a task, it’s ok to pick up the phone and get some help in. Hopefully, you can learn from the professional coming in a fix the job. Next time, you will be ready to adjust your expectations when it comes to the outcome of your project.

4. More the merrier

Getting others involved can save you time and effort. When you are bringing in friends or family to help, know your limitations and theirs. If you are renovating, especially without experience, you will have flaws, and you will struggle at some point. Know your strengths and capacity to achieve tasks, get help with the things you can’t do.

Like too few people, too many can be unfavourable also. Many helpers mean arguments, clashes and conflict. Pick your team wisely. Additionally, if you are relying on friends and family, don’t expect to get perfection. Don’t expect them to go the extra mile for you as well.

5. Cheap isn’t always good

There is a difference between a bargain and just plain cheap. You need to be an expert a deciphering which is which. If you’re on a budget, (most people undertaking DIY projects are) you need to compromise on something. Do you look around for the bargain which might not be there? Do you spend on quality and get to work asap?

If you want to save money, start looking at prices well before your project gets underway. Doing this allows you to be familiar with standard prices. Then you can look out for great deals that will save you big money on your project.

6. You’re not a professional

Trying to pull off a trade you have no clue about is not a smart idea. Typically, this will occur when you are trying to save some money.  A task such as changing a pipe will become an ordeal when things don’t match up or fit with one another even though the guy at Bunnings ensured they would.  Furthermore, never try to do something like waterproof and tile your bathroom. If you have never learned a particular trade, don’t attempt it. You will regret your decision.

Remember, don’t rush into anything. The best way to approach your project is through planning and preparation. Good luck! 

I am a blogger and self proclaimed DIY/design queen.


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