If you own or rent a home that needs a design update or some maintenance work but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, you may be interested in doing some good old fashioned do it yourself work. Of course, some people are more savvy at this kind of thing than others, but everyone can be a DIY-er with a little bit of confidence and the right tools. Here are 4 home design and maintenance tips for DIY-ers.
Before doing anything to your home that you have no experience with, it’s a good idea to head to the internet and watch informative instructional videos on how to do the task at hand. For example, if you’re planning to install a ceiling fan, search for “how to install a ceiling fan” videos and articles. You will likely find a lot of helpful tips as well as instructions on what tools you will need. The best part is, it’s free!
Invite some friends!
Inviting friends to come and help you out is a great way to get DIY projects done a little quicker and more smoothly. Plus, they will be able to fill in the gaps anytime you aren’t quite sure if something looks right or if you’re doing it correctly. Who knows, you may even have a bit of fun doing it. Offer to order a pizza or buy some cold beers for afterwards and make home improvement an excuse to hang out with your buddies.
When doing home makeovers of any kind, it’s important to find a little inspiration wherever you can. You may be able to find photos of the type of project you want to complete on Instagram or Pinterest, or you may see perfect examples out in the wild at the homes of friends. Take photos whenever you see something you like so that you can remember it for later, and ask people if they DIY-ed a project themselves and if so ask for tips on how they did it! Keep photos on your phone so that they are handy whenever you go places such as the hardware store so you’ll know exactly what to purchase.
Stick To Your Budget
Before embarking on a home DIY project, always remember to make a budget and have a plan in place to help you stick to it. A big reason you have probably chosen to do something yourself rather than pay a professional to do it is to save you money, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to spend any, and sometimes the costs of the supplies it will take to do a project on your own can really add up. Just make sure to keep track of them and stick to your budget so that you won’t have to worry about overspending.
So you see, you don’t have to be super crafty to complete a DIY home project yourself. Just follow the above tips and your home will be looking better before you know it, and you may even have learned some new skills once all is said and done.