It’s a brand new year, and for many, 2016 is a great time to start thinking of how DIY tips can help bring in the year ahead with some much-needed revamps, renovations and improvement projects. If your resolution for this year is to get more into doing it yourself, a good start is to prepare for the year’s projects. A bit of pre-planning will help you get the most out of any improvements you plan to tackle – no matter how big or small.
Whether you’re a new do-it-yourselfer, a more experienced improvement enthusiast or your business focuses on this sort of work, keep on reading to get our must-read tips for getting your DIY on track this year.
DIY Tips for the Year Ahead
Before you leap right into that bathroom redo, kitchen upgrade or outdoor area renovation, here are a few DIY tips that will help you get the most out of your projects.
- Do a Survey
First things first, it will save you a great deal of time to do a quick survey of your premises. Decide what rooms/areas you wish to focus on this year, and make a list in order of importance. For example, you may desperately need to set up a more effective water system in your garden or add a swimming pool to escape the heat, but that heating project can probably wait a bit. Consider the time, resources and costs involved as well. Some projects may be considered wish list items more than necessities, but having a clear idea of what you want to do will help you tick off each project one by one.
- Consider the Bigger Picture
It also helps to consider the bigger picture. If you are planning to sell your home in a few years, you may find that your budget and plans are considerably larger than they’d be if you plan to stay in your new home for a very long time. Remember to consider the ultimate return on your investment. If you are ultimately planning to sell or rent out your property, all projects should be done with those goals in mind. You will therefore need to think like a buyer or tenant rather than a homeowner, as you start with projects that are most needed to improve your home’s value.
- Set Your Budget
Once the festive season is over, the financial horrors of the first month or two are often felt harshly. With this in mind, rather than leaping straight into things as soon as the new year begins, it is best to use the next two months or so to plan for the rest of the year. Set budgets (realistic ones that you know you can stick to without feeling the pinch), consider other financial obligations, work out how you can save, and where you should not scrimp. Plan your budget carefully and give yourself enough leeway to ensure that any work done is enjoyed at the end of the day. You won’t enjoy the results if you are stressed about the costs!
- Hire the Tools You Need
Tool hire offers an affordable, simple way to get the tools you need without having to purchase anything. This is especially useful if you are completing a larger or more challenging project, such as a bathroom or kitchen re-tile, for example. By hiring tiling tools instead of buying them, you can get the best quality equipment for the job at hand, without the hassle of care, upkeep, upgrades, transport or hefty cost of ownership. It’s a win-win – particularly if you plan to be DIYing a lot this year!
- Stay Safe
Finally, don’t forget to follow basic safety procedures. Even if your future projects are on the smaller side, electrical and heavy tools require careful handling when they are being used. When you hire equipment for a project, you may need relevant experience for certain tools. Use experienced, skilled contractors who are able to assist you with the hiring process as well as the job itself. Don’t try and do absolutely everything yourself if it means putting your safety at risk. It is also useful to get advice from tool hire providers, who can give you extensive tips on the tools and job at hand.
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