If you haven’t had a lot of experience with home improvements, it can be tough to know where to start. Most newbies end up taking on projects that they can’t finish, because they’ve gotten in over their heads. Read the entire description from beginning to end, and make sure you understand every step along the way. If you don’t understand a step, it’s a good idea to ask for help first, before you get yourself in trouble. In order to decide if you should start a project yourself or hire a professional, you should keep a few things in mind.
- Have I read and understood all of the directions or tips before I started?
- Do I have all of the necessary tools?
- Do I have all of the materials and supplies?
- Have I set aside a budget for this?
- Do I have any related experience?
All of these are good questions to ask before you embark on your home improvement journey. Before heading down to the local Lowes, you should check around the home to see if you have the parts necessary, you’d be surprised how much you can find just laying around. Make a checklist before starting of all of the materials, so that you don’t end up purchasing unnecessary items, or even worse, forgetting to get something important to begin with.
Areas of the biggest impact
The biggest impact you’ll have on your home depends on the purpose of your project. Are you trying to sell your home? If this is the case, the professionals say that you should invest your time and money in the kitchen and the bathroom, and a little “Curb Appeal” doesn’t hurt either. If you’re simply trying to improve your living space, the biggest impact would be where you spend the most of your time, or more people see. Is remodeling the back bathroom that only you go into really worth a few thousand dollars, when your living room really does need that new moulding?
What Sort of Tools do I Need?
Every project is going to differ in terms of what the necessary tools will be. If you’re looking for tools with the biggest impact, you should start with the basics:
- A good hammer
- Screwdriver Set
- Corded or cordless drill and bits
- Socket set
- Allen Wrenches
- Miter Saw
Again, every project will differ, but the idea is to get the things that you’ll need for more than one project.
Should I Just Hire a Professional Instead?
For the most part, no! Some jobs will require a professional, but for the most part you’ll be able to do anything yourself. With a little bit of elbow grease and a little bit of time, you can do it! Make sure though, if you get into a project that could potentially damage the safety or integrity of your home, that you consult the professionals.