Many homeowners have the urge to fidget and fix around the house. Whether it’s a new home or one you’ve been living in for years, there is always something that needs to be done. Often you don’t know where to start or you might be a bit nervous. These days you can learn to do anything online or from a book. Do some research and follow our tips. You will be ready for your new project in no time.
1. What adds value? When looking at doing home improvement, find out what will increase the value of your house. Things that are good examples include adding an attic bedroom, remodeling the basement, remodeling the bathroom, add a deck outside, and getting a backup power generator.
2. Professional or DIY? Carefully consider whether your project should be done by a professional or you. Some projects are just better left to the pros. Know your limits.
3. What is urgent? Some home improvement projects are needed for safety or protection purposes. These should be done first. It might only take a few minutes. These projects will be things that keep out the cold in winter or roof repairs.
4. Get better. Many tasks and improvements around the house can be fixed by you. Read books, go to workshops, research online, etc. Increase your knowledge and hone your skills. Things you can do yourself will probably save you money later.
5. Financing. Some home improvement projects might require some extra funding. There are the small projects like painting a wall that is relatively low-cost. The bigger ones like roof repair or remodeling might require a bit more than savings. Know what your options are for loans. Also, know what the impact will be on mortgage insurance and tax breaks.
6. Plan. Be sure to plan before you start. Make sure you have all the right materials and tools. Estimate the cost and time and plan accordingly. Working without a plan can cause some time delays and increase costs if you have to do double work or make unnecessary replacements.
Get reading, get planning, get saving, and get going. Home improvement is fun!