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Home improvement projects: how to DIY like a pro

Home improvement projects: how to DIY like a pro

It's that time of year when homeowners look around their property and start mentally creating a list of to-do projects.

Taking on the challenge yourself is ‘in’. Today's savvy homeowners are tackling practical renovation projects to maintain and enhance their homes.

Hiring someone to complete projects for you or tackling the job yourself can add style and functionality. In fact, mastering new DIY skills has become a badge of honour for many homeowners.

Wielding a hammer and fixing a leaky tap are now considered ‘status skills’. There's a strong sense of personal satisfaction in doing your own home improvements.

If you've taken that step to committing yourself to a home improvement project, “congratulations - you've won half the battle”. The next hurdle to overcome is successfully preparing yourself for the task at hand.

Minor adjustments can save you time and money down the road so it's important that you do your homework in advance. Before getting started, consider the tips below…

1. Prioritise

When taking on home projects, remember to put quality over quantity. There is no sense in rushing through one project just to cross it off the list.

Decide what upgrades are most important and pay them their due diligence.

Identify what requires your immediate attention and what can wait. More importantly, recognise when you're in over your head and don't be afraid to enlist professional help.

2. Update your tool box

We create more work for ourselves by not investing in quality tools that address multiple project needs.

The right tool can give you professional-looking results while dramatically reducing frustration. Before you rush out and buy a cheaper tool that won't be able to do the job, wait a month or so and invest in a quality power tool that will do the job properly.

3. Plan a budget

Identify how much you're able to spend and stick to it. If you can't afford the kitchen remodel this year, consider investing in smaller updates that won't go unnoticed. You'd be surprised how updated appliances or a simple paint job can add new life to your home.

There is always the risk of unforeseen costs so research common project pitfalls and try to eliminate those possibilities.

4. Set regular goals for each portion of the project

These ongoing check points are rewarding and can help motivate you to keep going. Remember to use these intervals to take a break and clear your head. The time off allows you to come at the next step fresh, ultimately minimising fatigue and frustration. Regular breaks also enable you to monitor your project supplies and stock up as needed.

5. Don't let project logistics intimidate you

Home improvement is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time and trust that the end result will be well worth your effort.

With the right tools and proper preparation, you can avoid costly mistakes and tackle that to-do list like a pro.

Article from property24