Home Improvement can be an expensive undertaking and it will be so much more rewarding if you get the maximum improvement to your home for the minimum outlay.
In order to do this here are some important initial ground rules.
– Before doing anything, make a list of all the possible improvements that you can think of, even though you may already have a specific project in mind.
– Review this list carefully to see which ones you really want and which ones really need to be done. At the same time put your best estimate of the cost for each idea.
– Now make absolutely sure that you really want to tackle your selected home improvement project now instead of any of the other ideas.
This will ensure that you choose the most important (to you) project and not just act on impulse. The next step is then to very carefully plan the details of the project.
If you are going to do it yourself then you must accurately cost out the materials that will be required. Make a detailed list of everything that will be needed. Remember to also cost in any tools that will be needed. If you are going to hire outside labor cost this in as well. Add at least 20% for contingencies.
If you are going to get somebody to it for you it will be much easier as they will quote you for the job. Your real concern here is to make sure that you select a reputable contractor with proven references. Do your homework and check their references.
Now all this may seem to be taking the fun and excitement out of the project but believe me, if you don’t do this initial planning, you could end up with some really nasty surprises.
Now you can allow yourself to get caught up in the excitement and anticipation of the improvement that you will be making to your home. You can enjoy the task and bask in the feeling of accomplishment that you will no doubt experience on it completion.