In this era abundant with YouTube tutorial videos and Pinterest boards, it no longer comes as a surprise if DIY-ers decide to build, repair, or even remodel their own houses. After all, everything can be learned today as long as you dedicate yourself to it.
Even if you have little background in carpentry or are not an engineer by profession, taking some homebuilding matters into your own hands is still feasible. It primarily works best if you want to do customisation or are working on a limited budget.
So, before you start with your weekend project, here are some ways you can make the most out of your time, money, and effort.
- Have a detailed budget before anything else
You cannot expect yourself to save a certain amount of cash by merely limiting your purchases. In homebuilding, you have to have realistic finances. Visit your local hardware stores for a price range of materials like linoleum, wood glue, or tiles. Find out which stores sell the same brand of products the cheapest.
From there, you can set a detailed and realistic budget for your project without having to face the consequences of excessive stinginess.
- Think about your construction materials carefully
Just because you found out that a specific material is the cheapest does not mean you should purchase it, even if you are trying to be conscious about your budget.
Because you are constructing something, it is essential to know which materials serve you best—in other words, their inherent value. For instance, structural insulation panels or SIP panels may be unconventional and averagely priced compared to other typical walling materials, but they are stronger, more robust, and are worth the investment.
- Be wary of weather conditions
Working on fixing a hole in your roof during the rainier parts of the year may not be the best time. If the problem is too severe to put off, then maybe it is time to hire a professional to get the job done even in the harshest conditions, instead of doing it yourself, which may result in sloppy and ineffective work.
- Have a timeframe
Is the repair urgent? Do you need extra hands for it?
If you are a DIY-er, there is a considerable chance that you might not work as fast as you expected. You may not finish your project as soon as you planned. Try to assess your skills and availability and compare it to your goals. If you do not think you can complete it on time, you might want to hire an extra hand.
Weigh the possible and impossible
Doing things by yourself can be lots of fun because it gives you something to look forward to (or dread) on the weekend, and it can be a therapeutic activity like painting. However, if you need more major repairs and remodelling in your house, it is still best to know when you can do the task yourself, and when it is time to call for a professional’s assistance.