Everyone knows that a project will turn out better with a plan or at least some goals in mind, but not many people actually take the time to do it. By making a very specific list of projects, materials needed and a work schedule, the task becomes manageable and a lot more fun. Knowing beforehand how much material will cost, how long it will take, and where to go for help are important for being well-prepared; it takes more than motivation to get a job done right.
When making a list, which can be anything from a piece of scratch paper to a full blueprint worksheet, make sure to be as thorough as possible and make all financial and time considerations beforehand. Consider the work this project will take as well as the actual time that you, or your team, have available to spend on it.
Design It Right the First Time
After you know your resources available, design or draw up the exact specifications of what the project entails. If you need to replace the insulation or build an entire deck, make sure that you have specifically listed and measured all the supplies you will need. Be careful of making mistakes because, if you need to make revisions to the design project, it is best to do that before materials have been bought and used.
Get a Second Opinion
Just in case you aren’t an expert, it could be a really good idea to network and reach out to someone who knows what they are doing. They could help you avoid big mistakes with the project and avoid discouragement.
Get the Right Material
After you are sure of the process and materials needed, make an expense sheet and research where to buy the best material for the best price. There are many local or commercial options when looking for home improvement supplies. Just make sure that you do the research or find help if you are unfamiliar about specific brands or types of material.
Working with a Contractor?
Even if you decide that the DIY route isn’t for you, it is best to still be involved in the process of whatever improvement needs to be made. If you need a roof replaced, make sure to walk through the process, design, and types of material that will be required. Contractors usually know what they are doing, but they may not have the same vision or plan you do unless you share it and work together.