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Now that the seasons have turned and you’ll be spending less time outdoors, you might have the urge to get to some of those DIY home projects you’ve been putting off. Regardless of how many remodeling and decorating shows you’ve been watching, there are some tips you should read up on before you jump headlong into things.
In fact, make two lists. One list should be a list of the things that really require being done, like anything that has to do with safety concerns or necessary long-term maintenance items you’ve neglected.
Then the second list can be anything that has to do with the kind of upgrading or redecorating you’ve been hankering for. The second list is doubtless going to be more fun, but in the spirit of adulting, polish off that first list before you start on the second.
Even if you have a pile of money to spend, you want to use it wisely and where it will count. Before you go off in all directions, research prices and learn where you can find the best deals. Prioritize your purchases so you’re not putting quantity over quality.
Eagerness and the energy to do something can’t be discounted, but if you or your spouse have never done anything more technical than change the washer in a faucet, launching into a large-scale project or one that requires serious power tools is not the way to begin.
Those DIY shows on TV may make it look easy, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, taking sledgehammers to knock down a wall can lead to a world of trouble.
No matter what the project you have in mind, there are endless informational how-to manuals as well as resources available online. If you want to take it a step further, it may be advisable to take a workshop at your local home improvement store or find a course at a nearby community college.
While you’re considering your skills, think about your available time, too. If you’ve got a lot of work or family demands, don’t plan a project that you can’t complete in a reasonable amount of time.
Living with piles of lumber or tiles everywhere is going to demoralize you and make you feel guilty every time you can’t get back to finish things. It’s not going to make for much of a happy home life, either.
Most things involving electricity, gas, and major plumbing are not for amateurs. Neither is roofing or hanging garage doors. Hiring professionals to do that kind of work is infinitely better for your house and safer for you. And while it might cost you more at the get go, it’s going to save you money in the long run.
Real estate experts agree that these are the improvements that buyers appreciate: