You seem to find yourself looking for something new or different and before you know it you are already planning a home improvement project.
Hold your horses there for a minute, if you are in the home improvement kinda mood then here are 7 tricks that could help you have a great experience during the whole ordeal.
1. Know your budget.
It really does not matter if you own a fixer-upper, live in a condo or have owned your home for years. Knowing your budget will help you focus your mind on projects that have the highest chance of getting finished.
2. Make a list of home improvement ideas for your living space.
Once you have determined your budget, it is time to bust out the pen and paper and sit down to write down the home improvement ideas you have. While you are doing this, consider the kind of home improvement each project belongs to.
I personally categorized my home improvement into luxury or comfort, maintenance and repair, additional space, cost reduction, and safety.
You can categorize yours according to how you want it. From here you can put a price on each home improvement, use an estimation of the total cost per project if you need to but be realistic when doing this.
You can then see easily and clearly see which projects will fit in your budget. Who knows, you may be able to do more than just one home improvement.
3. Choose a project from your list.
This is actually the fun part. You get to choose from your list the project or projects you want to be done. Of course, everything is within your budget because you already determined that first. Good for you!
4. Decide if you want to Do-It-Yourself or hire a contractor
This one is a bit tricky. If you have the knack for the do-it-yourself method then, by all means, do it yourself but certain projects might be too big to be handled by you and your family. This is where a contractor comes in. Be advised that contractors are not cheap therefore be sure to consult your budget.
5. If you decide to Do-It-Yourself make sure that you have the correct tools.
I cannot stress enough how important having the correct tools are if you are a do-it-yourself guy. You don’t need to buy new tools, you can always borrow from neighbors and friends. This will not only save you a lot of time but also precious money.
6. If you decide to hire a contractor make sure to consult your friends and then compare before hiring.
Utilize your connection to get different quotations for your project. Contractors will have different kinds of approaches on your home improvement projects so be reasonable when reviewing their quotes and ask for the second opinion from your family and friends. It is not against the law to compare prices so do it.
7. Take a before and after picture.
This might not be much if your home improvement project is not a major one but still snap a photo to remember it by. Who knows, you might stumble upon the photo in the future and have a sweet time reminiscing.