Finishing and accomplishing a task gives you one of the best feelings ever – fulfillment. Whether it’s completing orders or reaching a sales quota, you get that special feeling, and you feel like there is nothing you cannot accomplish if you put your heart and mind to it.
The same thing is true at home. There are individual projects you can accomplish without calling for professional help. Owning a home requires occasional repairs, and there are some that are easy to do-it-yourself.
When planning a DIY project, set up realistic goals and expectations. Evaluate the projects you want to do and carefully consider your ability to finish them, and the risks you might encounter. Don’t be swayed by shows that make DIY projects look so easy, or blogs that over-simply DIYs.
Consider the following before embarking on a DIY project for your home:
Time and Investment
Think of the time needed to finish the project. If you’re one who works during weekdays, you can only work on the project on weekends.
DIYs also require spending on materials and tools you may need. Compute the amount of money you would spend versus hiring professionals. Repair companies are usually able to get discounts on materials, and their know-how makes the job look like child’s play.
Knowledge and Skills
Do you know exactly what needs to be done? Do you know how to use the needed tools and equipment?
Often, a project fails if it’s not done right, and would often be more costly to fix it. For example, if you wanted to add kitchen cabinets, correct measurements are essential, so you can fit it right in. If you cut them the wrong way, you’ll be wasting materials, time and money.
Avoid projects that could potentially endanger or severely damage your home like knocking down walls or tinkering with electrical systems.
Now that you’ve evaluated everything, it’s time to think of your DIY project. It is usually best to start with a small, simple one and grow your confidence from there. Once you become an expert on DIYs, you can save a lot of money and get to finish the project faster.
Liven up your bedroom by painting it with your favorite color. Depending on your room size, this would usually be done in two days.
Prepare the walls by removing obstacles to rollers and paintbrushes like curtain rods. Clean it with a damp cloth or sponge to allow the paint to fully bond to the wall.
Check for holes that may need to be filled with spackle or parts that need sanding.
An alternative to room painting is wallpapering. There are a lot of modern designs you can choose from, either from a store or online. Wallpapers create a big impact on how your bedroom look and feel.
This is a bit more work intensive than painting because you need a helper to install it, but the result is awesome if done right.
Are your lightings looking old? There are a lot of stylish options for lighting, and if you have the money to buy new ones, this is the best time for replacements. If you know how to unscrew and screw lights back in, this project would not be too difficult.
Showers and Faucets
Did you know that homes waste an average of 11,000 gallons of water annually because of leaks and drips? This is according to statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Make sure you shut off the water source before replacing your shower heads and faucets. There should be a shutoff valve somewhere in the house.
You can also partially DIY your bathroom by doing the painting works and other fixtures to save on labor cost. You can call a contractor for your plumbing and tiling needs.
It’s time to spruce up your plain concrete pathway. You can use bricks to create a border on your pathway. Bricks would make it look charming and impressive. It gives something fresh to come home to every day.
Dig a few inches to set the bricks and cover it with some sand. It would take you about one to two weekends to finish.
Organize your kitchen with kitchen rollouts. This gives you a lot of usable storage.
There are sturdy rollouts you can buy from Home Depot or Lowe’s. Make sure you buy the right size. Use a screwdriver to mount them on existing shelves or cabinets.
Increase your storage space and organize your clutter with wire shelves. They cost less and are easy to install. They also do not collect a lot of dirt as compared to wood shelves.
Measure your closet dimensions before buying what you need. You may need a drill and some hand tools to install it.
You may throw in some racks for shoes, ties and belts, and baskets for your other clutter.