If you found yourself cooped up at home during the lockdown, staring at the same four walls, and longing to be able to go and meet friends for drinks and food, chances are you’ve distracted yourself with some home improvements and home DIY projects.
Home Improvements and Home DIY Projects
A survey by the home improvement website Houzz revealed that almost 80 per cent of the 1,000 respondents have considered making changes to their homes. While it might seem like the perfect time to get stuck into some DIY remodelling, you first need to consider a number of things: Planning the project properly, the type of project, and your budget.
Of course, it would be difficult to forget the new reality that COVID-19 has brought, which may alter how viable some jobs would be.
Plan Your Home DIY Projects
It doesn’t matter if you’re wanting to redress old wooden furniture with chalk paint, or completely transform your backyard or garden, start by knowing what you want to accomplish, then put together a plan.
When you are considering your project, be wary of what jobs fall within your skill set, and what you can comfortably accomplish during the next few months of summer. For example, if you plan to remodel your kitchen, start a vegetable garden, and paint the exterior of the house, start with the garden, as that is easier and timely.
Some projects are best left to the professionals for a later date. It might be better to wait to renovate the kitchen for winter and to hire a professional to paint the house, who will complete the task in a much faster and efficient way than you can.
But while it might be difficult to get the services of a professional at the moment, depending on the job and if safe distancing measures can be upheld, resist the temptation to tackle everything yourself.
Unless you’re a plumber or an electrician, it’s best to leave plumbing and wiring jobs to the experts. It’s maybe a good idea to leave any sanding jobs too, given the shortages of appropriate dust masks.
Do Your Research
Deciding on a remodelling task can be exciting, but working out exactly how to accomplish it can be much more difficult.
Before you start a project, watch several videos on how to do it so you can make sure you understand the process. By watching multiple sources, you’ll be able to get an idea of how it’s done.
Set Your Project Budget
Now you know what you want to accomplish, and you know how to go about it, but can you afford it? Make sure you know exactly how much it is going to cost, then review your budget and your expendable income to see if it is an affordable job.
Always add 15 per cent extra to your budget – you never know when the cat or dog, or even you, are going to accidentally tip over a can of paint. Expect the unexpected!