Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Save Money
Written by Todd Fratzel.
DIY Can Save Big Money
Long before I was professionally employed in the construction industry (I was a practicing civil and structural engineer) I was tackling every home improvement project I could think of around our first home. One of the first major DIY projects that I took on was a full renovation of the kitchen in our first home. The house was a definite fixer-upper and the kitchen was certainly first on the list. The kitchen hadn’t been remodeled since the 50′s when the house was built.
Kitchen and bathroom renovations are by far the most expensive renovations that you can do in your home. Because of that if you’re able to do-it-yourself then you’ll likely save big money. You too can save money on your next project if you do-it-yourself. However, you’ll need to spend time preparing for the project and following some basic guidelines.
Being prepared is by far the most important piece of advice that I give anyone considering major DIY projects. Most renovation and construction projects around the house are not very complicated but they do require general knowledge of construction techniques, codes and safety precautions. The internet has become a wealth of resources for the DIY’er with sites like this one providing valuable information and instructions. Like anything else be sure you rely on reputable sites with a history of providing accurate easy to understand information.
Don’t start a major renovation project unless you’re committed to finishing it. Be sure you’ve committed sufficient financial resources (read more about how to avoid project creep and budget overruns), time and patience to completely finish the project. Don’t do 90% of the job and get lazy. Don’t omit an important safety feature that could be dangerous to your family or friends. Don’t be lazy and put off painting and/or sealing your great new project only to see it ruined by the weather.
If you’re interested in DIY projects then I recommend you take safety very seriously. Thousands of people are injured every day while doing DIY projects. Lots of people think their small little project lacks any serious hazards. I fell into that trap while painting our first home. I fell off a ladder because I wasn’t taking safety seriously. I was quite fortunate not to suffer any serious injuries, however, it taught me a very valuable lesson about being safe.
One of the best things about DIY projects is the great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. Every time I’ve completed a significant DIY project I’ve felt so satisfied at the accomplishment and savings. I’ve literally saved $75,000 or more over the years doing some major DIY projects like: full kitchen renovation, full bathroom renovations, framing portions of our new home, finish carpentry in our new home, building decks, painting, installing hardwood and tile floors and lots of electrical and plumbing projects. The bottom line is you too can save thousands of dollars doing your own work if you just take your time. Good luck and enjoy your success!
One last tip is to save money where ever you can. Keep an eye out for coupons like the Lowes Coupon. Coupons and flier sales are a great way to save money on your next DIY project!
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