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How to manage a DIY project

Published on Tuesday, 29th May 2018

Categories: Home Improvement

When there are several DIY projects that need completing in your home – and, let’s face it, once you own your own property there is always something that needs doing – then it can be very tempting to tackle at least some of them yourself. With plenty of DIY tutorials online and high-street DIY stores able to offer advice, doing the job yourself can seem like a great way to save money so that you can afford to do as many jobs as possible. Here, we offer some handy tips on how to manage DIY projects around the home.

How to manage a DIY project

Planning

The key to any successful job is planning, and this is incredibly important when it comes to DIY. Failing to plan properly or missing out a vital step can mean the difference between a job well done and a total DIY fail!

Once you have identified the DIY project that you want to tackle, think about how confident you are to tackle the job. If there are some areas of the work that you are unsure about, then do your research, consult DIY books and look for instruction videos to make sure you are comfortable with all aspects of the task at hand. If you have done very little DIY before, then it is a good idea to start with a small simple job to begin with.

Lists

Make a list of all the tools and supplies that you will need for the job. You might already have some of the tools so check that they are up to the job. If they aren’t, you may need to consider replacing them.

Lists can be your best friend when it comes to DIY. You will need one to make sure you have all your supplies, but it is also a good idea to write down all the steps that you will need to do to complete your project. Without a list, or a project spreadsheet, especially if you are quite new to DIY, it can be all too easy to miss out an important step.

Preparation

No matter what DIY project you are tackling, there will always be some preparation that you need to do before you really begin.

If you are decorating the walls, then you will need to prepare them ready to receive either a new coat of paint or new wall paper. If you don’t prepare properly, then you will be wasting your time and the finished results will be disappointing. It doesn’t matter if the preparation for a DIY project takes a long time to complete, it is the foundation for any job that you undertake, so make sure you allow plenty of time to complete it and do it well.

Call the Experts

Sometimes, no matter how meticulous your planning and preparation is, when it comes to it, any DIY project can throw you an unexpected curve ball. If this happens, be ready to seek professional assistance.

It is also important to recognise which DIY projects are outside of your skillset and equipment, or those that you are just not comfortable in tackling, this can be when it is a good idea to contact a local company who can help you. Some jobs, like kitchen refurb or bathroom refurb, can take a considerable amount of time to complete and require a wide range of skills and high-level tools. It is this type of job that may be better being left to a contractor with the right trade and tools to complete your project properly, professionally and on time, saving a lot of upheaval to the household and valuable time. 

Contacting a trade to finish or undertake a job should never be seen as a failure on your part, on the contrary, it’s simply a means to an end to everyone being able to benefit from the project sooner rather than later. 

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