DIY, or do it yourself, projects abound everywhere and there are just as many places to get information and help if needed. If saving money is your goal then follow some of these simple tips and keep some of your money in your pockets for a change.
Do you need repairs around the house? Don’t have the money to get all the things done that are needed to keep your home in top condition? Then try doing some of the work yourself. Most of it is not as hard as it looks. DIY, or do it yourself, projects abound everywhere and there are just as many places to get information and help if needed. If saving money is your goal then follow some of these simple tips and keep some of your money in your pockets for a change.
First, take a good look at what the job will entail. Too many times we only see the outside of a project. Pull off a piece of old material and see if what is behind might need repair as well. Laying down new siding might be easy enough, but, replacing wall sheathing, old studs, caulk and sealing materials might need to be attended to as well.
Once the job is known in its entirety, make a determination as to whether you are both mentally and physically up to the challenge. Consider the time involved in the project and don’t forget about what the local weather forecast holds in store for your DIY adventure. If you are afraid of heights then do not consider doing high altitude work.
Third try to make as complete an itemization as possible of all the materials you will need for your project. Allow for overruns and for materials that may no longer be in stock. Next, get three quotes from local contractors you might trust and compare the numbers to evaluate your possible savings. Decide if it is enough to warrant your personal attention.
Perhaps, the most important step of all is to simply talk with others. Get your spouse or friends involved in your decision making. Get them involved with part of the work. Almost everyone loves to tear things down or paint. Have them around for moral support or just to hand you a tool or two to save you some of those tiresome repetitive tasks. In years past people used to have what was called “barn storming”. The community would get together to build someone a needed barn. Such involvement makes people feel they are a part of something good.When working on your project, always remember to respect power tools and play it safe. Watch for children nearby. Follow basic safety rules. Wear safety equipment where needed.
Finally, try to treat this as an adventure. When finished, be proud of what you have accomplished. Take pictures, show the neighbors, have a party or call your insurance agent.