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24 Oct 2017

Don’t Discount DIY Just Because You’re Hapless With a Hammer

Very few people can be described as a natural DIY master. It takes time to get used to handling tools, perfecting the craft, and get to a position where you’re able to take care of any modifications you want to make to your home. It is not impossible. In fact, almost any beginner can get their own home renovation project on the way. Success will lie in determination, patience, and knowing a few rules, which we’ve outlined below.

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Don’t Be Too Ambitious
You’re not going to have a new wing of your home once you’ve finished your first DIY project. You’ll have a small improvement, that’s all. The key is to not overly ambitious when it comes to any project, not just those undertaken by a beginner. The bigger an idea becomes, the more scope there is for something to go wrong. In any case, you don’t get any prizes for adding the most value to your home with your first project. Start with the easy to do home renovations, and then work your way up from there.

Learn the Basics
You can have a chest full of tools by your side, but if you don’t know some basic rules, then your project will be doomed to failure. Before you do anything, read these home renovation tips; they might just save you from making a big error that will be hard to undo later on down the line. When it comes to any DIY project, it’s about gathering as much information as possible and then selecting the best course of action for your project.

The Right Time
Sometimes, it’s not about whether you know how to complete a project or not: it’s about handling the other details that can derail a project, such as stress or lack of time. When you’re planning your project, it’s a good idea to come up with a loose timescale for completion. Once you’ve figured out how long it’ll take, add a week or two to your projection: everything takes longer than you think it will. You won’t want to be doing any big projects during busy periods, such as around birthdays or Christmas. For one thing, you’ll be busy, and for another, you don’t want your home to look like a building site when you’re gathering all the family around.

Bite Size Pieces
Starting a project can be overwhelming. You’ll take a look at the room, see all the things that you have to do, and then have a moment of panic because you’ve taken on too much. This is normal. Instead of comparing the empty room to how it’ll look when everything is done, break down the project into more manageable pieces. One big project doesn’t come all together in one go: it’s the result of dozens of little actions, which eventually form a much bigger picture. It’ll be intimidating to take on everything; taking on one small job is easy!

Buy High-Quality Items
There are ways to save money when it comes to DIY, but you shouldn’t try to slash the costs by buying subpar items. An inexpensive item and costlier item can look similar when they’re on the shelf, but the difference in quality becomes instantly apparent once it’s tied into position in a room. You don’t need to break the bank for all your items, but neither should you go for the cheapest one you can find. If you’re putting all this effort in, you'll want it to look right at the end!

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Know When To Get The Experts In
Even with all the will and YouTube tutorials in the world, there’ll be some things that you just aren’t able to do. You could end up causing damage to your home - not to mention yourself - if you try something that requires an expert hand. If that happens, then hire someone to do the work for you. You’ll still have had a big hand in the project. This isn’t about ego, anyway: if someone can do something that you can't, bring them on board!

No Pressure
It’s also crucial to remember that you’ll only make things more difficult for yourself if you pile the pressureon. Home renovation projects should be fun, not a cause of stress. Take your time, give yourself time to learn the basics of the craft, and don’t worry too much if you make mistakes. You’ll pick it up in time, and soon you’ll be able to tackle any home project you set your mind to. Best of luck!


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