Completing a home improvement project always seems easier on paper, but then you get going, you often run into kinks in the plan. Luckily, if you know what to expect, your projects will go much smoother. That is why we are bringing to you today a home improvement checklist of sorts that will help you make leaps and bounds towards the completion of your next project.
Here are 5 things you need to know about home improvement projects:
1.Make a List of Projects You Want To Do
Now, before you start making a list about all the cool projects you have seen on television, like taking a dilapidated shed and transforming it into a hang out for all your friends, you need to realize something: not everything is going to be possible. That said, all of your ideas should go down on paper, because this will give your home improvement projects some sense of direction. Once you write down your ideas, such as finishing the basement, redoing the kitchen, a new roof or deck addition, adding a bar, making a home office, or adding a bathroom upstairs, you can start to number them on how important said project is to you.
2.Estimate The Budget of Each Project
The keyword here is “estimate.” Do some research about how much every project on your list is going to cost. Think about how much money you have available while coming up with these estimates, because that will help you decide which home improvement task you would like to complete first. Some things to include into your budget include: the materials, like shingles or paint, plaster, linoleum, carpet, furniture, and appliances; tools like screwdrivers, drills, power washers, and so on; cost of labor, if you are getting hired help; financial obligations, especially if you choose to get a loan; cost of major and minor inconveniences.
3.Create a Timeline to Take On Each Project
There will never be enough time to do everything you want to do as soon as you need to do it, even if you are the most productive human being on the planet. That is why you need to weigh the importance of each project. For example, if you need a new roof because there is a hole in it, you will want to complete that first before moving onto repainting the walls. But you also need to consider how long installing that new roof is going to take and how long in between each project you will need to get the materials or do whatever needs to be done in the interim.
Ask yourself: Can you space out projects to give you more time to prepare? Do you want to get certain projects done one season? How long do you plan on living in your home? How many people live in your home throughout the year?
4.Focus on The Biggest Home Improvement Project First
The first project should always been the one that gives you the most bang for your buck. In other words, the one that is going to fix the most problems at one time and will make your home a much more pleasant place to live. For instance, going back to our roof example. You might need to replace a roof after damage, but why not redo the entire attic space while replacing that roof? Since you would need to open the attic while repairing damages, this would be the opportune time to finish the attic and transform it into something else you need, like that home office or play room.
5.Know Your Limits and Get Help When Needed
Lastly, you want to know your limits. DIYing can be fun, but it can also be messy, difficult, and disheartening if things don’t go according to plan. What do you know how to do? What will you need help with? Don’t fear picking up the phone and calling a home improvement professional, such as a roofer for the roof, siding contractors for that new cladding, a gardener for a new lawn and garden, or a painter for the living room.
Now that you know a little more about planning for a home improvement project, you should be feeling more prepared and motivated to get started! Remember, if you need assistance, give us a call or fill out the contact form. Our team is here to make your home projects reality.