If you have never embarked on a big do it yourself project as a homeowner before, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all the preparation involved. Maybe you are a little bit nervous about making a mistake because you do not possess many home improvement skills. Lucky for you, there are all sorts of tutorials and beginner’s manuals online. I have done my fair share of home renovations and updates over the years for both my own home as well as for clients. Over time, I have learned that there are a few basic principles to follow no matter what the size and scope is of your next project.
DO Make a Plan
Start off on the right foot by making a plan about what you want to accomplish during your home makeover. Think about your priorities, are you more considered with aesthetic appeal, or are you looking to update due to the possible lack of functionality in your home. Do you need to improve flow in your environment and create a better living space? There are a lot of questions you should ask yourself if you are serious about taking on a big project like this. Making an outline of your projects and all the aspects of each task can help. Especially if you have a lot of shopping to do.
DON’T Shop Without Purpose
I can’t tell you how many times I have started on a project with a client whose vision is based around a sole object of décor that they bought on a whim one day. I can completely understand inspiration and how an idea forms but if you want to give your house a makeover, you need to have an idea of what you need before you go and blow your budget. Once you have make enough progress to be thinking about furnishings and décor, do all of your shopping at once at a store like Barneys New York, where there is variety and high-quality items for every style and taste.
DO Learn the Basics
If this is your first time taking on a big Do It Yourself project, I would highly recommend doing some research before starting anything. The last thing you want is to create an issue for yourself that requires you to go back and start from scratch. This can be costly and a complete waste of time. There are plenty of ways to learn the basic skills of home construction and decorating without spending too much money. Even better, you may have a friend who is handy and willing to come over and give you a lesson or two so you can do it right from the start. Purchasing the right tools is also important
DON’T Be Afraid to Outsource
It might not be what you want to hear, but you may not actually be able to do everything by yourself. There are some jobs that require two people, no matter what your skill level is. You are also probably trying to save some money by doing it yourself. Let me tell you now, getting it done right the first time will save you way more money in the end if you don’t actually know what you are doing.