Five Questions to Ask before Making Do It
Do you have a home-improvement project coming
up? Lots of people today are taking on almost any
home-improvement project you can think of on their own. But
before you begin, here are five questions that you need to ask
1. Do I really know how to do this? -- yes,
it's tempting to just jump in with both feet and tackle any
home-improvement job that comes along. After all, it's going to
save money if you do it yourself, right? Not necessarily. There
are some jobs around the home that demand much more skill than
others. For instance if you don't really know what you're doing
with plumbing or electrical systems, you could not only cost
yourself a lot of money, but you could also get hurt. So think
long and hard before starting those kind of home-improvement
projects on your own.
2. Do I have enough experience? -- other home
improvement projects, such as plastering, aren't necessarily
difficult to do, but they do require a certain amount of talent
and experience in order to make the finished product come out
right. So if you care about the way the job is going to look
when it is done, make sure that you have the experience needed
before you start.
3. Do I have the time to finish this job? --
a lot depends on your daily schedule. If you have nothing but
time on your hands, it may not matter how long this job takes.
On the other hand, if you work for a living, and are doing this
in your spare time, then it may actually pay you to have
someone else do the work while you are still earning money.
Just keep in mind that any home-improvement job is probably
going to take you longer to accomplish than the average
professional, and you should plan
4. Do I have the necessary equipment? --
there are several jobs around the home that require special
equipment to accomplish. Of course, you can probably rent
almost any tool that you will ever need. But that gets very
expensive very fast. So if you have a budget for each home
improvement project that you tackle, make sure that you have
figured in the cost for any specialized tools that will be
needed before you get started. Another solution is to check
among your network of friends and family to see if any of them
might have the tools that you need.
5. Is this job allowed? -- some projects are
simply going to have to require a permit in order to be legal.
Don't ever try to complete a project without a permit if the
laws require it in your area. It can be irritating and
frustrating to have to get your plans approved before you get
started, but it just simply has to be done.
One of the biggest problems that homeowners
face when they start out on do it yourself home improvements is
the lack of proper planning. Don't let that happen to you.
Before starting any project, ask yourself the five questions
listed above and they will help you start out on the right