A home improvement project gives you the chance to customize your home, improve your house’s value and increase the usability of your space. Your DIY project may range from basic interior repainting to a complete renovation, but even the biggest home improvement depends on the smallest details. Before you get started, here are some little things to keep in mind.
1. Photograph the Entire House
Are you getting extensive structural, electrical or plumbing work completed? Take your smartphone and take pictures of your house during the process. That way, you have a visual record of where electrical wires, studs and pipes are before they get covered back up. Instead of running a shelf screw into a pipe or missing the studs when you hang up a large picture, you know exactly where everything is. You save a lot of time and frustration with other home improvement projects with this simple step.
2. Bring in Contractors for Complex Projects
You save a lot of money handling home improvement projects on your own, in theory. You have many online resources to guide you through a project, but you lose out in two significant ways with complex projects. First, you take far more time doing something on your own than a professional would, as they have the experience needed to optimize an improvement project. Second, you spend more time and money bringing a contractor in to fix a complex project you started and couldn’t finish. You can skip the loss of time and money by bringing in qualified contractors at the beginning of extensive projects.
3. Use Time-Saving Tools
Your basic hammer and screwdriver are effective, but they’re slow compared to power tools. It probably doesn’t matter much when you’re only hanging up a picture, but you run into problems when you have hundreds of nails and screws. Make an investment in time-saving tools, such as a power drill or a nail gun, when you’re working on large scale projects.
4. Learn Your Local Building Codes
You might not care about the exact size of a stair gap, but you can run into problems down the road if your house isn’t up to code. Your local building codes address many details that impact potential house projects. Address them in your home improvements at the beginning so you avoid repeating a project to get it up to code.
Home improvements are a great way to make your house fit all of your wants and needs. However, you need to pull back from the big picture to consider these small details so everything goes according to plan.