Home Improvement for Beginners: 5 Things to Know About DIY Home Projects Before You Start by 30Seconds Mom
Home renovation costs are growing higher, and many people are taking it upon themselves to do their own DIY home improvement jobs. Revenue of home center stores in the U.S. in 2018 was more than $245 billion, and that’s expected to hit $454 billion by 2023. While DIY is a great idea, it’s also important to do your research so your project is safe and secure for years to come – you will save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. Here are five tips for working on your own DIY home improvement projects:
1. Study the Basics of Construction
If you’re doing a larger project in your own home, there’s a chance you don’t need to hire someone to help you get it done. In some states, you may not even require paperwork or licenses.
Learning the basics of contracting and construction is a great place to start. Something as simple as knocking down part of a wall to install a door could have disastrous consequences if you are careless and inexperienced. Take some courses and study. That way, you’ll have all the information you need to do the project right.
2. Keep It Simple
Though knocking down a wall doesn’t sound all that simple, the important thing is to keep your projects as simple as they can be. Don’t add any extra unnecessary steps to stress yourself out even more. Less is more in many cases.
While DIY projects can certainly improve the function and appeal of your home, you don’t need to bend over backwards to do something grand. Research several ways to complete the same project, and then go with the plan that has the least amount of steps to achieve the results you desire.
3. Make Sure You Have the Tools
Before you start anything, plan out the whole process and make sure you have all of the tools you need ahead of time. Being fully prepared before you begin can save you time, money and frustration.
Save multiple back-and-forth trips to the store and research the best tools for the job ahead of time. Find inspiration from multiple sources to give you a more complete idea of what you will most likely need.
4. Start Small
While doing your own projects is admirable and entertaining, it’s not a means to bite off more than you can chew. Start with smaller tasks, especially if you have little experience using common tools like hammers or chisels. Start small with a simple project like:
- Repairing a small patch.
- Decorating a room with some paint and hand tools.
- Making wall molding.
- Building a bookshelf.
Work your way up to the bigger things.
5. Safety First
Whatever you decide to do, you always need to prioritize your own safety:
- Never tackle major problems or tasks alone.
- If you’re doing a bigger task, make sure you check your homeowner’s insurance and local ordinances first to know what is covered and stay in compliance with local laws.
- Wear protective gear like goggles and gloves where applicable, and always have a first aid kit ready, just in case.
Doing your own home improvements can be rewarding and even fun when done correctly. Whether you are brand new to DIY or a seasoned pro, the planning stage is a key part of any DIY home improvement. Take plenty of time to sit down and research how-to’s and inspiration so you know exactly what you want to do. It’s also important to create a budget, so you don’t break the bank.
Following these tips and learning from the professionals will set you on the right path toward crafting a beautiful home. You can do it yourself, just do it right.
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