Top Tips for Kicking Off DIY in 2016

Walter Green - General Manager
January 4, 2016

Top Tips for Kicking Off DIY in 2016

Are you finding yourself excited and ready to kick off the New Year with some great home improvement ideas in mind? You’re not alone! The New Year is an excellent time to plan home improvement projects before the spring, all while completing a few indoor projects while the weather is still chilly. Home improvements can range from upgrading existing fixtures and finishes all the way to knocking down walls and adding square footage. Whatever the home improvements you have in mind however, you will find these use tips are a helpful guide throughout the planning process.

Take A Survey of Your Home

Take some time to view your home as though you just moved in. Assess its current condition and make notes about the ideas you want to implement. Invest the time in making a detailed wish list, and be sure to create a list of the necessary items that need to be completed; it’ll pay off in the long run. Some wish list items might be upgrading your kitchen to granite countertops, while a necessity item might be potentially faulty plumbing that may need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Look to the Horizon

 If you are planning on selling your home within the next 2-3 years, your budget for improvements may be different from your neighbor who’s only lived in their home for a year, but plan on staying put for good. Always bear in mind that if you want to get the most return on your investment, you’ll definitely want to upgrade the areas of your home that potential buyers consider valuable.

Get Inspired!

From magazines, to color swatches from our paint center, spend some time seeking out inspirational ideas now. Don’t wait until the DIY urge hits you, and wind up scrambling to get ideas, pay for materials, and complete the projects. The more you do ahead of time, the stressful and more enjoyable your project will be.

Set Your Budget

After the holiday rush, money is tight for many home owners. A great way to beat this financial stress, is to use the first few months of the year to plan out your projects and build up the necessary budget. In many cases, the financial aspect of home improvements causes the most anxiety and can delay the project altogether. Planning ahead gives you the time you need to find the best deal on the materials and labor needed, and can be a huge relief when it comes time to complete the project.

Be flexible

Flexibility is key when it comes to almost any home improvement project. For example, even though you would like your new building completed in four weeks, the reality is it may take eight. The same thing is sometimes true when it comes to budget and resources. It pays to become a bit more flexible when it comes to planning, and factor in a little extra buffer time and money for your own sanity.

Be Safe!

Every home improvement project involves a level of safety to ensure both you and your home don’t get hurt. Be careful to follow instructions on power tools, and seek out tutorials or advice from the rental store associates before you start your project.

Have Fun!

Without a doubt there is a serious side to home improvement, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun and rewarding. If you aren’t going to enjoy your hard work and effort, hire a professional and leave the tuff stuff up to them. I for one, however, always enjoy having fun when it comes to home improvement projects.

Home improvement projects can be a great way to kick off the New Year and get your home in order for the rest year. Following these top tips can be a great place to begin planning your projects and gaining the inspiration you need for the entire process. Believe it or not, home improvement is easier than you think when you put patience and fact finding ahead of beginning your next project.