The many factors that can come into play when taking on a do-it-yourself (DIY) project can make it feel overwhelming and even unachievable. With these five considerations, you’re sure to stay on track with a project that is cost-efficient, organized and easy tidy up once it’s done: 1. DIY Budget
First thing’s first: money. Every do-it-yourself project should have a budget that is created well before the first nail is ever hammered. There are many things to consider when planning a budget, such as cost of materials and tools, junk removal and any time away from work. There may be indirect expenses as well, such as the cost of eating out or ordering in dinner during kitchen renovations, or staying at a hotel while your house undergoes an extreme renovation.
It’s also wise to have a contingency fund to cover any margin of error in your budget, as well the potential for unanticipated road bumps along the way.
Finally, really think about what you want out of your project and whether you have the funds to achieve your desired end now or if it would be more economical to put your plans on hold until you can save more money.
2. Clean Up After Your DIY Project
Household projects come in all shapes and sizes, but whatever form yours may take, consider the mess it will create and how you plan to deal with it. Disposal bins are a great option for all manner of undertakings because they can range in size from small dumpster bins perfect for that garage cleanup, to large trailers that hold construction debris, mattresses and drywall. Whether you’re looking to get a jump on spring cleaning, planning to remodel the bathroom or reroofing your house, keeping a bin onsite helps contain the resulting mess. And once the bin is full and hauled away, it will be like it was never there in the first place. Larger home projects require more resources and that will likely include the need to have larger disposal bins
This can also be an environmentally option, if you choose a company that values green practices. Such businesses can donate and recycle applicable junk instead of allowing it to end up in the landfill.
Focus your time and energy on your project rather than on the cleanup by hiring a company to deal with it for you.
The time of year you plan your project is important to take into account, even if it’s not weather dependent.
Consider the scale of your task and how much time you should give yourself to complete it. Do you need to book time off work? If you aren’t able to complete the project in the allotted time, will there be further opportunity to finish it? Assume it will take longer than you plan to ensure you have ample time to do a quality job, rather than rushing to meet a deadline.
Also consider other people’s schedules, as friends, family and coworkers can be a big help for more complicated undertakings. If they are on holidays or busy with work, they aren’t likely to be able to give you a hand when you need one.
The time of year also has an impact on the price of materials for your DIY project. If redesigning your deck, you might want to consider looking for patio furniture outside the summer months to take advantage of off-season deals. Choosing to start your project at the same time everyone else does could mean less availability and selection of both materials and resources.
Run an efficient operation by keeping yourself organized. Having a project outline is a great way to ensure you have everything you need throughout each stage of your project. Roughly plan a course of action for each day that highlights what you intend to accomplish, and keep lists of the materials and tools you will need for each phase. This sort of preparation will minimize the gas and time spent on additional trips to the hardware store, and will help you stay within budget. You will also know well ahead of time if you are behind schedule, and whether you need to call in backup or rearrange your schedule so you have more time to finish your project.
When prioritizing your do-it-yourself projects, choose those that add more value to your home. While it’s important that you can enjoy the fruits of your labour, the long-term benefit of any renovations, remodelling or redesigns should also be taken into account. Consider how your project will contribute to the resale of your home and appeal to future buyers. By looking at your project as an investment, you’re likely to make more thoughtful decisions, and benefit from them in the long run.
Choosing to tackle projects on your own can be an exciting learning experience to enjoy and be proud of. By planning in advance how you’re going to pull it off while getting the biggest bang for your buck, you may find this project become the first of many to come.