If you are moving into a new house or you are planning on selling the one you are doing some work on, there are things you need to know and some rules to follow in order to get the maximum out of it.
When fixing, invest – this means that you should choose to do repairs to your home only if they add value to your house. If you have a budget for repairs, choose first the ones that will benefit you financially, other than of course the ones that are health hazard, but chances are that those two get into the same category, so that is sorted by itself. it can be a great compass and if you are selling, it’s a great selling point as the things you have done are now investments and your house is worth that much more.
Safe, before sorry – invest in the urgent repairs you have to do, and the ones that will cost you more if you don’t fix it. if you have rodents or other infestation, don’t wait for it to grow, as it will get more and more costly as time passes. This same principle goes for everything you can do, as it’s always better to cut your problems in their roots.
To DIY or not to DIY – doing stuff on your own is a great way to save money and invest yourself into the projects you are working on. But, on the other hand, it can be bad if the job you are doing is too complex or hard for you alone to do. And if you are really not prepared for the task at hand it can be straight on dangerous, as many people get hurt while trying to fix some electricity problems in their home without the right equipment or skills.
Learn – Rome wasn’t built in a day and no one was born smart, so – learn. If you wish to learn, you need to study, practice and make errors. Don’t think that every task is beginner level one, as it may be harder to do some things that simply ask for more experience and skills. DIY community is large and growing and with internet you can connect anywhere you want and talk to various people about various subjects.
Get the tools – choosing the right tools is, like with everything, very important. It’s not as important as doing the work, but doing it with the right equipment is second most important thing you need.
Get inspired – if you are out of work to do or simply don’t know where to start – try the internet. Websites like Pinterest hold many fun and exciting ideas for home improvement and do it yourself projects, often together with instructions and step by step manuals. So get on there, see what other people are doing, it might inspire you to share your work and instructions, too.