Do It Yourself: Prepping For Your Next Home Improvement Project

Do It Yourself: Prepping For Your Next Home Improvement Project
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    Many of us have loads of home improvement ideas, but not the expensive costs that come with hiring a team of professionals to implement them.

    But what if you didn't need to spend thousands on the pros?


From laying sod or gravel, putting up a fence, redoing floors or revamping your kitchen, all the major home improvements can be done by you with some dedication to research and good old-fashioned elbow grease. Keep these four keys in mind next time you have a DIY home improvement project.

Prepare a Home Improvement Budget

This may seem rudimentary, as every home improvement project is accompanied by some form of a budget, but it isn’t how much you plan to spend that matters as much as how you calculate that figure beforehand. To make sure that you put away enough money, calculate the estimated cost in materials, tools, etc. Then, add at least 2 percent of that on top if possible. Why? So you aren’t left out of cash with no way to call in professional assistance or grab additional supplies should the job unexpectedly warrant them.

You can download FREE our home improvement budgeting worksheet with references to key home improvement projects.

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Clear Out Waste Beforehand

By completing your DIY home improvement projects in incremental bits, you’ll be able to pay more attention to detail without getting overwhelmed. Before you even begin working, take the time to go through the area and remove anything you aren’t going to need. If you’re redoing the kitchen, pack up dishes and appliances, then go on to take down cabinets before removing the counters. If you’re doing yard work, clear any furniture or other obstacles out of the way a few days before your project so that when it begins, you can give it your undivided attention and not spend work time cleaning up or hauling things to the dump.

Prepare for Your Project

The transport of materials is one of the most time-consuming aspects of any home improvement project. Consider replacing your standard truck bed with an industrial one to facilitate the process. For instance, a sturdy industrial truck bed, like those available at Hillsboro Industries have an aluminum alloy extruded floor. This allows it to hold more weight and take a beating. These sort of features will suit any home DIY expert well over the years, since their heavy duty composition can handle far more than the average truck bed and help prevent most of the damages – both personal and vehicular – that can come along with transporting heavy materials.

Learn the Steps to Complete the Task

It may be a simple job so you’re willing to wing it, but do some research before you start any home improvement project. Even if it’s something simple that you’ve done before, reading a few articles online to re-familiarize yourself with the process can offer new tips and tricks that make the process quicker, easier, and will leave you with an overall better end result.

Preparing your home takes some additional time when you’re planning on doing the work yourself, but DIY home improvement projects can save you time, money and best of all, instill you with a sense of pride and achievement when you’re able to relish in the fruits of your labor every day after the job is complete.



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