With the internet and numerous DIY television shows telling us that do-it-yourself projects are not only simple but take practically no time to complete, it is hard not to jump on the bandwagon and find ourselves willing and eager to undertake many home improvement projects ourselves. Remodeling a bathroom, finishing a basement or breaking down a wall to create an open floor plan all seem so easy and straightforward when the guy on television does it, right? Well, before you take a sledgehammer to that decrepit bathroom floor you detest or hop in your car and head down to your local home improvement store, you may want to consider a few of the following…
Can you afford it?
Being able to afford your particular project is probably one of the biggest things to consider. After all, you need money to be able to buy the equipment and supplies to complete this endeavor. You may want to ask yourself, is this a project you can save up for, like swapping out unattractive light fixtures? Or will you need access to funds right away to address something that requires immediate attention like replacing rotting drywall? What you might think a project will cost could be a far cry from what you end up paying. Remember, not only will you need the materials to transform your particular space but you may also need to rent or buy the tools in which to carry out your project, both expenses can add up quickly.
Have you done your research?
Research will vary for every project and skill level, but you will want to make sure that you feel confident in being able to carry out your project from start to finish. Things you may want to investigate are:
- Have you consulted with experts or talked to friends who have done a project like what you are planning?
- Have you set up a contingency plan if something derails your project like an illness or running out of money to pay for it?
- Do you know where to get your equipment and supplies?
- Do you now where to access these materials if your main source runs out?
Set realistic expectations
Don’t expect that you are going to be able to do what the guys on television have done on your first try. We’re not saying you won’t be able to complete a beautiful project — but the folks on those shows are on them because they are very good at what they do and have created a reputation. Also, make sure to keep in mind that what appears to take a day on your favorite HGTV show could take you a week, two weeks or even a month to finish. If undertaking a project in a bathroom or kitchen be sure you have a backup plan for food storage and water usage. Many projects in these rooms require you to turn off electricity, water and remove appliances. For example, if you only have one bathroom and that is the room you are gutting for a new and improved bathing spa complete with beautiful stone accents, make sure you have somewhere to go when you need to go.
Next week we will continue with this topic when we discuss: 3 More Things to Consider Before Undertaking a DIY Project. If you are from the Chicagoland area and one of your DIY projects consists of adding stone to your home, call or visit the experts at North Star Stone at 847-996-6850. With years of experience stone is their passion. If you still have questions please visit our Exterior Stone FAQ page or contact us at [email protected]