DIY Home Renovation
Home improvements are undertaken for several different reasons. Sometimes they’re a necessity, to make your house or flat fit for purpose- for instance, you might need more space for a new addition to the family. Sometimes it’s more about realising a dream, and making somewhere that’s merely functional into the kitchen, bathroom or romantic bedroom you’ve always wanted. At the same time, DIY can be an enjoyable hobby, a way to stay busy and exercise a sense of control over your immediate environment. DIY can save you money and make you feel like you’re in charge.
But if you’re going to take the do-it-yourself approach to a major job of work about your home, then you need to manage the process efficiently. It’s no use going off half-cocked and hoping that you’ll muddle through. Attempting a project without adequate preparation is the most common mistake made by DIY beginners, and it’s one that will inevitably end up costing you dearly regarding time, money and stress. To avoid this situation, you might like to follow these tips.
Decide what you want to do well in advance. Map out your grandest ideas – it will be easier to scale down the project later than to add to it at the last minute. Walk through each space you’re intending to renovate and make thorough notes on the different jobs that will need doing. Pay particular attention to the plumbing and electrics.
Work out a timeline:
While you’re planning your renovation, think about the order in which you are going to tackle the different tasks. Do you need to fix the plumbing and move the kitchen sink before you lay the floor? As well as the order, block out a rough idea of how long each job will take, and make sure you order the materials you might need well in advance. You should now have a clearer idea of the scale of your commitment. Are you sure that you can spare the time and have the energy to get the work done on schedule? Bear in mind that it is likely that jobs will take longer than anticipated- they are hardly ever completed more quickly than you expect.
How much can you actually do yourself?
With a major renovation, you’re bound to run into some jobs that you can’t do entirely by yourself. You might need help with the labouring work to speed things along, and you will have to employ skilled professionals for jobs that require certification – gas engineers and electricians. If you are not confident your plastering skills are adequate, you will also need to employ professional plasterers.As a general rule, if you’re not sure you have an adequate level of skill to do a job well, get someone else in- it will be cheaper than paying them to fix your mistakes after the fact, and it’s not worth risking injury just to save some cash.
Set a budget:
Now that you know what needs doing and who you need to get to help you do it, you should be ready to work out a detailed budget. That is one of the essential steps in the process, so make sure you include even the minor expenses, and leave some leeway for unexpected extra costs or setbacks. If the eventual total exceeds what you can currently afford then you may be able to get a short-term loan from Lucky Loans.
Choose contractors carefully:
Source recommendations for contractors, interview them in person and always get at least three quotes before hiring. Remember that a quoteis different from an estimate, which is just a rough guess, inevitably on the low side. A quotation in writing is a definite price that a contractor should charge upon satisfactory completion. Make sure you get a full breakdown of costs and VAT and keep all of your receipts.
Consider your living arrangements
When your home is undergoing a major renovation, it’s vital to think about where you and your family are going to be living for the duration of the work. You can stay in the house and live around the work as it were, however, there will be a lot of dust and noise and family relationships will be sorely tested – not perhaps the best option.Perhaps you could stay on the property using a large mobile home (good for site security), or make other arrangements, such as lodging with extended family? If you do stay at home, you might need to temporarily resitethe facilities that are in the rooms being worked on. For instance, you could establish a camp kitchen in another room, with a fridge, microwave and kettle. In all cases, try to have at least one room that is off limits to everyone but you. And pack away valuables and treasured possessions to avoid them being damaged, even if they’re not in the area where work is being carried out.
A DIY renovation can be hard work, but all the planning and toil will be worth it in the end. Good management will pay off in a smooth renovation with the minimum amount of stress. Keep an eye on your budget, follow the timeline and watch your home being transformed before your eyes.