Planning a realistic budget takes time, energy and a lot of research. Make sure you account for everything you use (including the small things like screws and nails). Things can add up pretty quickly and if you’re not managing your funds from the start, it’s definitely possible to end up way over your head.
(2) Do it once, do it right.
If you’re planning a home improvement, make sure you don’t have to compromise your style and vision along the way. Settling for something simply because it’s on sale or you found it for free doesn’t always guarantee happy results in the end. Renos are a big investment and getting the right look on the first try will save you a lot of frustrations in the long haul. If you can’t afford the finishings you’re really after then hold off—save until you’re able to get what you want.
(3) It’s all in the details.
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the importance of details. Although we may think that adding some paint and buying a new sofa will complete a new look, it really doesn’t. Putting a little extra thought into the smaller details is ultimately what pulls a space together. Think new cushions and a throw or some trim work above your fireplace. You’ll be surprised what a few small adjustments will do! Don’t be afraid to play around.
(4) Educate yourself.
If you’re unsure about a certain project, learn more about it! It’s always great to get insight from a pro or other experienced DIYer. Watch YouTube tutorials, read books, take a class at your local hardware store or subscribe to handyman magazines. There’s so much out there if you’re willing to learn!
(5) Have patience.
Your house project is like a second job. It will take up majority of your free time. Some days will be good and other days you just want it all to be over. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Start with one room at time vs a massive house reno. It will take more time to complete but you will be able to make better judgements along the way.
(6) Practice makes Perfect.
No doubt you will always encounter an obstacle when you DIY. We are not born knowing a particular skill set, we learn them (just like the pros). The more experience we have, the better we get. Don’t beat yourself up for making a mistake. There’s always a valuable lesson to be learned for the next time around. It’s a part of the process.