Many of our readers may know the sweet satisfaction of engineering a successful DIY project, but we understand that there are newbies amongst us. We want to introduce you to the wondrous world of DIY, and get you started on the right foot. Here are 5 things to think about before you DIY, that might make or break your project…
1. Cost Efficiency
The first thing to consider when envisioning your home renovations is the cost. By weighing up quotes from various kitchen and bedroom renovation specialists against your own DIY materials, you can decide which method is more cost effective, and will yield the best result for that investment. Sometimes, a little elbow grease from you and a friend can get the job done much cheaper. Other times, you may need to enlist the help of a professional.
2. Complexity of the Build
There is no shame in admitting that something is above your skill level, particularly when it comes to potentially risky builds and time-consuming projects. Your time is worth money, and sometimes an overly complex DIY project can consume you and your resources.
Next on the list is your tools! You will need to fully process what tools you will need for your DIY project and compare this with your toolbox. This goes from drills and power tools right down to the appropriately sized screwdriver heads. Do not underestimate the frustration a slightly-too-small screwdriver head can cause!
Using inappropriate tools can lead to health and safety risks, and of course, the absence of the correct tools will stop your project in its tracks.
4. Building Permissions
Depending on the scope of your project, you may need to get permission to launch your build. This usually applies to bigger builds that alter the bones of your house or will stretch out for a couple weeks. People living in gated communities will need to contact their body corporate for best practices and receive their neighbour’s permission to build.
5. The Right Supplier
Perhaps most importantly, you want to make sure you are receiving quality materials to include in your build. Assuming steps 1 to 4 have been successful, you don’t want to invest time and money into a project that will fall apart as you knock the nails in.
Consider a trusted DIY supplier such as UCAN to supply you with the quality built-in cupboards, desks, storage solutions, accessories and wireware that will take your build from average to awesome.
Contact us today to chat about your next project and how we can get you the result you’re after.