Suppose you have a great home project idea, and you think you can do it yourself; you're not sure if you can pull it off, but in theory, it sounds doable. There's certainly a risk involved with doing a home project by yourself, but the joy of using a new, improved kitchen, bathroom, or what have you - it's an accomplished feeling that millions of people experience nationwide. The following are tips on carrying out a successful DIY project. Knowing these tips and following them will ensure that your idea can finally become reality.
1) Identify what it is you're working on. What need are you addressing here? If there's no necessity in your project, what desire would you fulfill if you're successful? Having motivation to do a DIY assignment is key to doing something well. But first and foremost, you need to know what you're working with.
2) Make a list of things you'll need, and a list of things you already have. Write an approximate timeline of how you think things will go. Here's an example: "Need new shelves in the living room. Must buy: 20 screws, new drill bits, shelves at IKEA. Already have: screwdriver, drill, vacuum for cleanup. 1pm-2pm: hit the Home Depot; 2pm-230pm: remove old shelves; 230-4pm: install new shelves; clean up by 4:30pm." Some projects can take a few days (landscaping, for instance). Make sure you allot time for lunch and water breaks if it'll require a lot of energy. Regardless, nothing can delay your project like having to go to the home improvement store more than once for any one particular project.
3) Wear appropriate clothes, and don't be afraid to ask for help! Family members can always lend you a hand in a DIY project.
As a homeowner, it's natural to be afraid of screwing up and not getting a project done. No one wants to start redoing their bathroom or kitchen and end up with nothing but torn-up walls and exposed plumbing. Asking a professional can benefit your cause, but may be costly, and therefore defeat the purpose of doing a home project by yourself. Check your contact book and see if anyone you know has any relative knowledge in whatever it is you're trying to do. However, if you approach a DIY task with a go-getter attitude, and tell yourself that it must be done (and more importantly, WHY it must be done), you will be successful.
Autor: Tom V Powell
Added: January 1, 2010