With so many people opting for the do-it-yourself route in an attempt to save money – or as a means of expressing their creativity – it helps to bear in mind that while you will definitely save money, you should be aware of the pros and cons before you start. Not all projects are as simple as they sound. Here are some tips to help you plan your project:
Plan your project:
Before you even consider ripping up that dingy carpet and installing a laminate floor, or dismantling your 1970s bathroom – be prepared! As the saying goes, “Fore armed is fore warned.” Make sure you know what is involved before you start. Even the easiest DIY project can turn into a nightmare with the omission of 1 single step in the process. “I always recommend that each and every project be broken down into sections, and that the homeowner looks at every aspect of a project as step-by-step rather than a whole project.” Says Janice Anderssen, owner of www.Home-Dzine.co.za and www.DIY-Divas.co.za “In this way you apply much closer attention to small details that might otherwise be overlooked.”
Today you can find step-by-step instructions for almost any type of do-it-yourself project on the Internet. The only caution is to try and find as much “local” information as possible. There is no point in visiting overseas sites that will confuse rather than educate you.
Tools and materials:
As you work through each individual step of the project you will also realise what tools and materials will be needed. It is far better to have everything on hand once you start, than have to stop halfway through and try to find what you need. Never mind the fact that an essential item required might not be in stock.
This is also a good way to determine whether or not you have the experience with the tools needed for the project. If you don’t know how to use a specific tool find out who does courses, or can provide information. For more information on Power Tool and Basic Woodworking courses you can visit: www.DIY-Divas.co.za
Costing the project:
Having planned the project and worked out the tools and materials necessary, the next step is to determine how much the project will cost. While you will save hundreds, if not thousands, of Rand by doing it yourself, it is always a good idea to get a couple of quotes from professional contractors before you start – so that you have an idea of what costs you are looking at. For some projects the amount of work involved as opposed to the cost may be better off tackled by a professional.
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