Being able to swing a hammer and read a tape measure are great skills to have if you’re planning on improving your home with some weekend projects. But there’s a lot more to know than how to use a few tools.
The first step in any home improvement project is to prepare for the task at hand. Not only do you need to know what types materials you’re going to need, how much it will cost and how much time it’s all going to take, but you also need to know what else will be affected by your improvements. You want to avoid a chain reaction of projects stemming from one project.
Any project that requires some demolition and overhaul, like a new bathroom or kitchen, is going to need to be plotted from inception to fruition, and this means developing a timeline. Especially if it’s a busy space, you need to get your timing right so that you can do what you need to do as quickly as possible.
Playing off of the tip above, you do want to get things done quickly so that they’re not left unfinished, but you also want to allow enough time to get it done correctly. Never rush yourself. Always make sure you have the time necessary to complete the project before you start. Never try to fit it into a small window.
Believe it or not, not every square peg is going to fit into a square hole! You’re going to run into problems when making improvements. Once the proverbial veil is lifted, you may find that the project is bigger than expected. Don’t hang your head or run away. Put on your safety glasses and get busy.
Although you definitely don’t want the kids around nails, glass and power tools, children can be great laborers. Give them a broom and a dustpan, and then point them toward the nearest pile of rubble. Under some strict supervision and with the hazardous things out of the way, kids make great helpers — even if it’s only holding a flashlight for you.
A rushed job is a sloppy job, and a sloppy job is a job needing further improvements in another month. If you’re putting in a sink, for example, make sure that you take your time to do it correctly. Rushing so that the kitchen gets done will result in leaks and seals that don’t seal.
If you have anyone in the family who knows what they’re doing, invite them over for help. Everyone has that jack-of-all-trades cousin or neighbor who is currently out of work. Bring them over and knock a lot of time off of your projects.
The more confident you are that you’re doing the job correctly, the better the job will ultimately be. If you go into a home improvement task thinking that you’re going to screw it up, the odds are great that you’ll screw it up. Hold your head high and attack the job with some swagger.
Yes, you probably are going to put something together in the wrong order or use the wrong type of screw or sealant for a task. These things happen. The important thing is that you keep a level head and do not panic. Most anything that is done, can be undone.
The tips you have read here can help you to make the improvements right the first time around. As long as you’re willing to take your time and to approach any improvement with as much knowledge as eagerness, you should do just fine.