4 Signs That it’s Time to Call for Help with Your DIY Project

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair    by: ITC

1. Stress

Getting stressed out? Stress is a contributing factor to a lot of household injuries, and possible damages. For example, below is sign #2, –a direct contributing reason to get stressed out. Signs 3 and  4 are direct possible results of being too stressed out to do your project efficiently. So before you start freaking out, relax, and call a friend, or a professional, to lighten the load. Read more…

Planning My Home Improvement: How To Do It

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Redecorating, Remodeling    by: ITC

Planning your home improvement projects can be overwhelming, especially if you have never done one before. However, if you have the information that you need, you should be able to go through it easily, allowing you to accomplish the project properly. These are some of the things that I do when I plan for my home improvement projects. Read on and you might be able to find a thing or two quite useful.

First, you need to look for resources. Homeowners actually have an easier time nowadays when looking for design ideas and home improvement guides because of the internet. There are plenty of home improvement blogs and websites which provide not only guides and step-by-step procedures but also relevant photos and illustrations which could help you understand the process even better. There are also some websites which offer downloadable manuals.

If would be working on a large home improvement project, make sure to talk with an inspector and call the local building department. They usually provide handouts on the code requirements for the more common projects and would be happy to answer your questions. You might also consider calling the local utility company if you would be working on a project which includes digging holes so that they can check any buried utility lines.

If you can, try drawing your home improvement project plans on graphing paper. This would help you with the design process and it would make the construction details a lot clearer. When you have your ideas and design on paper, you would also have an easier time listing the materials that you need.

As you choose the materials, you should make sure to do plenty of researching and comparing so that you would end up choosing those that would be the most durable and the best for the kind of project you would be working on.

Try to keep the details of the construction as simple as possible so that you would be able to avoid mistakes and problems later on.

Make sure that you would be buying or renting quality tools and equipment. This is very important as it could make the difference between getting the result that you want and ending up with a poorly done home improvement project.

I also make it a point that before I start to work on my home improvement project, I already have all the materials that I need so that I would not be wasting any time later on making trips back to the home builders center. Make a list of the items that you need and check through each one of them to be sure that you have enough and if you have the right type.

Try to keep these things in mind when planning any home improvement project to get the most out of your time, effort and money. Through incorporating them into your planning, you would be able to accomplish any repair, renovation or remodeling project that your home needs.

DIY: Home Improvements that you might leave to a professional

Filed Under: Home repair, Remodeling, Services    by: ITC

Some DIY work is fun and easy. However, through the years we see people trying to do things that might be better left to a professional. If you have a DIY project and know what you are doing, just go for it. But, in some cases, just take care because it can be really daunting to start working on it by yourself. Check these examples of DIY home improvement project that are too difficult for most laymen.

Brick Paths

You might think that using some bricks to form a road is a landscaping idea that will bring harmony to your lawn. While this might be the case for a professionally made brick structure, it is not for everyone. It is difficult for an amateur to create a perfectly flat surface on which to lay the bricks, and if you are not careful, you might wind up with an uneven row of bricks that go up and down.

Instead of buying lots of bricks to create a path, why not lay uneven stones, which do not have to be perfectly flat, and fill the joints with cement?

Removing Wallpaper

Unless you have removed wallpaper before and know how to do it professionally, there is a good chance that you will destroy the drywall. Wallpaper removal is a tedious and difficult process. It can take several weeks for a single room and there’s no turning back.

However, painting over the wallpaper is not that terrible an idea. The wallpaper will give texture to the result and it may well be aesthetically appealing.

Drywalls

A drywall patching can be difficult. It is often better to leave it for a professional instead of doing it as a DIY home improvement project. It does not cost much if you provide the materials and you’ll love it when your walls are completely smooth.

Deck Building

Perhaps you think your backyard deserves a deck. If this is the case, it might be necessary to hire a professional. Regarding DIY and home improvements, this is much harder than it seems. Many decks are attached to the roof to create more stability, but an amateur can indeed destroy the house structure.

For all other projects, no matter how simple they are, carefully plan what you’re going to do and have clear instructions at hand so you can proceed step-by-step.