If you have been thinking about renovating your home and plan on doing it yourself you should first prep and plan ahead. In order for your project to be successful follow the tips below.

Create a plan: In order to create a realistic plan go online and do some research, websites such as Pintrest and Houzz are great; here you will see photos of ‘before’ and ‘after’ projects but keep in mind that not everything has been photographed, there is a lot more work required than meets the eye. Make sure to check out how-to videos and step-by-step tutorials.

Consult with a professional: Consult whether the work you are thinking about doing requires licenced trade professionals and permits, this is important for insurance and liability purposes. Moreover, it is always good to get a professional opinion to guide you on the right path in terms of how to best approach the project in mind.

Determine your budget: You may think that you will be saving money if you do it yourself, but be realistic about the cost of materials, and tools required to get the job done. Moreover, your own time is also valuable, if you see that the DIY idea costs more than professional help or is slightly cheaper it may be best to opt for professional help.

Estimate your time: Write down each step required to get the project done, and approximate the time required to complete each step.  It is helpful to add 10%-20% more time required to get the job done. Many often forget to account for the time required for the paint to dry. The last thing you want is for the project to take much longer than expected and then losing the drive to complete it.

Safety: Do not overlook your safety. Most renovation projects require the basics; goggles, work gloves, a hard hat, and steel toe boots. To be on the safer side do not wear loose fit clothing which could get caught in various machines you are working with. You work space should be clutter free, to prevent falls and other hazards. 

Prep work: We are all excited to start the project immediately wanting to get going with it, but many forget that prep work is the most important part in terms of getting the job well done. For example before you start painting, it is extremely important to sand and prime, otherwise your results will lack in quality.

Pick the right products: We live in a day and age when there is a product for every situation. Make sure you invest in the product and finishes that are designed for the environment they will be installed in. If you are unsure, you will get the best advice from the local home improvement store experts.

Work with the right tools: Quality does not only depend on the product you are using and the amount of time you invest in, but also on the tools you are using to get the job done. Picking the right tools will minimize material damage and your frustration.

Practice: If the project involves techniques you are unfamiliar with, get scrap materials and test out your skills by practicing. You want perfect technique prior to starting work on the actual project, this way you will avoid wasted materials and you will minimize your costs.

Know your limits: You need to be confident when renovating your home, if certain tasks make you nervous such as going up a ladder then don’t do it! Get someone else who is better suited to help you out. Remember your health and life is the most important to your family and you!

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