If you’re new to home renovations or you haven’t done them for some time, you may have forgotten a few of the basics.
In this article, we’re examining the things that get easily forgotten in the rush to get started quickly.
Having All the Tools You NeedBefore Getting Started
We’re talking hammers, nails, and other essentials of many DIY projects.
If you’re going to be scaling walls and painting several feet off the ground, how’s the ladder? Is it still in good working order or does it require some TLC first?
Not every tool is available quickly if you suddenly realize that you need it and don’t own one. Then you’ll have to see if you can hire it instead. Look at some DIY tips first to see what tools will be needed to complete your project(s) and check what you own already.
Forgetting to Budget Carefully
Depending on what materials are required and the special tools you’ll need to pick up, a home renovation or improvement project may be inexpensive or cheap.
You’ll want to budget for the full cost before you get started. Check if you’ve saved enough to cover it or if it’s coming out of this month’s wage? Don’t be lazy with the budgeting either. Even a new packet of screws and some washers will add up. The more things get overlooked, the bigger the extra expenses will be.
Also, factor in surprises. If you’re replacing the carpet with hardwood flooring but pulling up the carpet leads to a new discovery about the floorboards, then you’ll need more money to fix them first. Therefore, create a semi-accurate budget with some extra money tacked on for the unexpected things too.
Choosing a Good Day & Time for Your Projects
It’s not only about what days that you can take off work or the number of hours of daylight that’ll be available. You also need to consider your neighbors’ wishes too.
Some may work from home while others may have office jobs. It’s worth thinking about who will be home when and planning noisy works around times when they’ll mostly be absent. This will avoid angry knocks on the door!
Protecting Possessions from Damage
Think about what you have in the home. Expensive flooring, carpeting or rugs, knick-knacks on display in wall cabinets, sofas and so much more. Depending on the work that you’ll be performing, it’s very easy for wood chips, paint sprays or splashes, wall plaster, dust, and a host of other delights to end up covering your possessions.
To protect the floors especially, use a smart grip drop cloth that goes over it and prevents anything from finding it’s way to the floor below. When getting the right kind, they’re resistant to spills and can soak up water from a small leak without difficulty. There’s a second layer to slip-resistant clothes just for this purpose.
Even for people with experience, forgetting something is very common. The more planning goes into home improvement, the better. It avoids making key mistakes that return to bite you later.