How To Plan A DIY Project
What To Do?
The key to any successful DIY home improvement project is in the planning and preparation. Planning & preparation will help you save money, keep the project on track and successfully complete the task at hand.
It doesn’t matter how big or small the project is planning will see that any potential problems are uncovered and the right decisions are put in place to overcome the issues.
Planning and preparation go along way when it comes to DIY. Without it, the project could turn into a disaster!
Do your homework find out as much as you can about the task you are about to undertake. Speak to other people who have successfully carried out the project find out what worked well and things to avoid. Getting tips and advice before you start will help you have a better understanding of the project.
The List Is Now Your Best Friend
Lists come in very useful when planning a DIY project, making a list of the tips and advice you collected in point one is a good idea to help you remember what you’ve learnt and not repeat mistakes that can happen.
Next write down all the tools and products you will need and if necessary make a list of any tools & items you need to buy. Book mark the suppliers websites you want to use.
The third list should be your budget and how you intend to split this across the project. If you intend to get additional help in make a note of their contact details and fees.
Other lists may be necessary and drawn up as the project is under way.
Split The Project Into Stages
This enables you to know what needs to be done first and in what order things should be done. It helps with knowing how and when to spend the budget and the timescales for each stage of the task. If you need to meet a deadline do you have a backup plan in place if you are unable to complete the job?
Classify The Job
If you are taking on any DIY job in your home you should classify the complexity of the job before any work is undertaken. Listing your jobs into groups of; simple, fairly easy and complicated will enable you to know which jobs you can take on yourself, which ones require some assistance and which ones will need the professional touch.
Certain jobs should always be carried out by a qualified professional for safety reasons and for the best results possible. So for example installing new double glazed windows is best left to a professional installer, fitting a door canopy would require two people and painting the kitchen can be done by the single DIYer.
Check Your Skill Sets
Make sure you can answer yes to the following questions, if you can’t then call in a professional to help with areas you cannot do yourself.
- Do you think you can handle it?
- Do you know enough about it to proceed?
- Do you have a backup plan if you need assistance?
- Do you have enough time to devote to the project?
- Will it meet health and safety standards once the project is finished?