In tough economic times, more and more people are turning away from contracted home repair in favor of do-it-yourself home repair. This can be a cheap and rewarding solution when done right that is more customized to suit your needs. Unfortunately, many individuals are unprepared for the potential pitfalls that may arise as a result and can make a relatively simple solution into a difficult and quite problematic one. It doesn't have to be hard though, if you are prepared in advance and follow this step-by-step breakdown.
Before you get started you need to sit down and research the project you are going to tackle. Find out all the equipment you will need to do the job right. How skillful is the task at hand - is it relatively easy or complex? Consider how much manpower will be required for you to complete the job and whether or not you can gather that many workers. Consider the time that it will take to complete the project - be realistic about this and decide whether you have that much time to commit. What are the materials you will need to get the job done and how readily available are these to come by? Finally, you need to consider the cost of the entire project. Can you realistically afford to do it after you have factored in all the other considerations? Are you really saving that much as opposed to hiring a skilled contractor?
Plan It Out
You need to create a realistic and efficient timeline for your entire project. This means a macro timeline for the entire project and micro timelines for each individual step. How long will each step take and if one step is held back will you be able to work on another step? There is no point in delaying your entire project if one step gets held back; be efficient and work on something else. This will ultimately save you time and money.
Always consider safety before you start anything. This is the most important factor and, if missed, can cost you more money and possibly your health. Make sure you have the proper safety gear and the proper training to handle any equipment. Depending on your project it may also be vital to consider the locations of local electric, water or gas lines. Consult your local provider for detailed information on these locations.
Actually getting started on the project can be a difficult step for a lot of people. Many get caught up in procrastination techniques and never get around to it. To avoid this, you need to just start. Starting is the hardest part - the 'follow through' is easy. If you get stuck on something don't be afraid to ask someone for help and remember to start off small. Complete your project one step at a time.
There are many mistakes amateur 'do-it-yourselfers' run into. Some of these include buying similar parts instead of the correct ones (many plumbing projects fall here) and taking shortcuts. Shortcuts are, by far, the worst mistake you can make. Sometime a task will seem too difficult and people will take a shortcut to make it easier to accomplish. This rarely goes well and often comes back to bite you in a very costly way. Avoid shortcuts. There is only one way to do a project and that is the right way. If you follow this advice you will have you project done to complete satisfaction in no time. Just take it one step at a time and follow through.
Autor: Match Stevens
Good luck and have fun.
Added: August 4, 2009