No matter if you’re a first-time DIYer or a home-improvement superstar, there are always things to consider before jumping into a new project. Whether you’re wanting to replace your roof, install a new window or anything in between, try using these five tips before you get started to ensure your project goes smoothly and stress-free.
1. Choose the projects that offer significant value to your home
While most home improvement projects add some amount of value to your home, there are a few that can be a little risky or can cause a lot of maintenance later on. For example, upgrading a kitchen should be high on your list of priorities in terms of adding value to your home. Many consider this area the heart of any house, making it an important place for people to feel comfortable and relax. Other examples of improvements that offer significant value to your home include:
- Renovating a bathroom
- Installing energy-efficient upgrades throughout your home
- Adding new trim and moulding to offer a touch of sophistication
- Putting in a sprinkler system to help maintain the landscaping
- Building out a deck
Examples of less-valuable renovations include:
- Building a pool in the backyard
- Transforming the garage into a room
- Super high-end upgrades
- Laying down carpet
- Other installations that aren’t easy to be undone if need be
2. Have a plan in place—and follow it
Once you’ve decided what type of home improvement project you’d like to do, make a plan or schedule that outlines everything needed throughout the process: a budget, a timeline, required materials and tools, etc. Then stick to it. If you follow a schedule that dictates the amount of time, money, resources, tools, energy and skills are needed, then it’s much more likely to be a success, sparing you from overspending money, redoing your work or scraping the whole project altogether. You can use some other helpful apps for drawing inspiration and for visualizing how something might look in a space like yours.
3. Invest in quality tools and materials
If you don’t already have a set of nice tools that are also the right tools for the job at hand, it’s best to make the investment to purchase one that you’ll use on many projects the future. Here are a few essentials to have in every basic toolbox:
- A utility knife (for cutting through cardboard boxes, sharpening pencils, shaving wood and more)
- An electric drill (not only for drilling in nails and screws, but also for sanding and grinding materials, stirring paint, and more)
- Pliers (for gripping and adjusting small pieces of metal, cutting wires, clamping onto other materials, etc.)
- A laser level (for hanging shelves, mounting TVs and more)
- A hacksaw (for cutting through thick plastic, metal and wood)
- A claw hammer with a one-pound handle (for hammering and pulling nails out from the wall)
- A screwdriver set (for screwing in screws)
- A tape measure (for taking precise measurements of spaces and materials)
Of course, there are many other great tools to keep in your toolbox, such as safety goggles, super glue, work gloves, etc., but these are a few to get started with for your home improvement projects.
4. Do your research
If you’re new to the type of installation you’re planning on doing, make sure to research: what steps you’ll need to follow, how much time it will take to complete, how much help you may need from others (including a possible contractor), what tools and materials are needed, and how much money will need to be spent.
5. Don’t get in over your head
Starting a home improvement project can be very exciting. But it’s important to make sure you know what will be expected of you once you get started. If you’re planning a project that is time sensitive or fairly complex, make sure you have the time and resources to dedicate to it. If the project is too complex, FL Home Supply can help lead you to the perfect contractor to complete your project for you.
Learn more about home improvement preparation, products and more by contacting FL Home Supply at 352-787-4545 today.