Top 10 DIY Tips

Top 10 DIY Tips

Whether you just bought a new home or you’ve invested in a fixer-upper, you’re bound to have been bitten by the home improvement bug. But, if you want to turn your property into a stylish home, you could benefit from this helpful DIY tips.

  1. Increase Your Home’s Value

Increasing the value of your home should be your first thought when embarking on a large renovation project, but only some investments can promise you a worthwhile return. Before you start hiring contractors, dig a little deeper into which projects are the most likely to recoup the money you spent on making the improvement. Converting an attic into an extra bedroom, adding wooden decking and remodeling your basement are three of the most profitable home improvements that you can make.

  1. Tackle Urgent Projects First

When winter is just around the corner or you have other projects on the horizon, there are sure to be some improvements that need to be made quickly in order to save you money or prevent serious damage. Tackling projects such as insulating exposed pipes and eradicating pests are quick and easy to accomplish but are nonetheless essential.

  1. Can You Do It Yourself?

No matter how keen you are, not every DIYer can manage a complex project. If you’re a novice, start out small and don’t over-reach yourself too early otherwise you could end up having to spend a lot of money on paying a professional to rectify the damage you caused.

  1. Learn Home Improvement Skills

Most homeowners could benefit from learning some basic home improvement and repair skills so that we can save money. Try volunteering, reading resources or beginning on starter projects to build up your experience.

  1. Find New Inspiration

Use Pinterest, Houzz, BHG and This Old House to get inspiration for your next DIY project. Watching design TV programs will also help you to think of exciting new ideas.

  1. Buy The Correct Tools

There isn’t much you can do without the right tools, so stock up your toolbox with all of the essentials that you’ll need to tackle a repair project so that when things go wrong, you’ll have everything you need to hand.

  1. Finance Your Project

When you have a project to finish, you need to find a way of funding it. Being aware of the various ways in which you can get finance and knowing about the tax breaks you can get for carrying out home improvements will help you to recoup some of your losses.

  1. Finding A Contractor

Finding a trustworthy contractor couldn’t be more important so do your research. Making the wrong choice could cost you a fortune and scammers are everywhere. Read reviews and ask around your friends so that you can be confident of choosing a reliable company and always check that your chosen contractor is licensed and insured.

  1. Make A Saving

If you can save more money on this project, the more you’ll be able to spend on the next one. Know where you can make cutbacks and also where it’s worthwhile spending a little extra. In general, when it comes to fixtures and fittings you should spend more on those which are difficult to replace and cut costs when it comes to those which are easily swapped out.

  1. Always Have A Plan

Never start a project without having a clear plan about all of the details – the time, cost, design and materials. Changing your mind mid-job can be extremely expensive.