Strategies for Your Home Improvement Project

A few simple and basic strategies can help you complete your home improvement project on time and on budget. By adhering to a strategy and approaching your home improvement endeavor the same way a professional project manager might manage a major project, you’ll be setting yourself up for do-it-yourself (DIY) success.

First, what are the objectives of your home improvement project? Do they include making money, or rather improving your living environment for your family or both? By having clarity why you’re taking on this renovation, you’ll be less likely to go off course and find yourself building a new back deck when all you really wanted was to add a patio door and bring some extra light into the living room. So, your first strategy is to know your objective and remain focused.

If your overall goal is increasing the home value, focus on that. If it is to have an updated design or foundational structures and wiring, focus on those. By keeping your attention rivoted on your core renovation purpose, you significantly increase your likelihood of staying on track, on budget, and on time.

The next strategy includes research and planning. The more planning you do, the better prepared you’ll be to tackle your project. Remember the old carpenter’s adage that you should “measure twice and cut once.” This age-old advice will save you both time and money.

By planning out the phases and details your project, you’re less likely to overspend on unnecessary materials or find that you need to backtrack over already-completed work. Planning prevents mishaps such as needing to stop work and call a plumber because you forgot to verify whether there were pipes running where you wanted to put in that door. Planning also decreases overspending, such as buying three cans of paint when you only needed two.

Meanwhile, researching your project will help to avert the more costly mistakes. By reading books, watching relevant DVD’s or researching online information about the project you want to tackle, you’re less likely to botch a job and more likely to complete it with a professional finish.

Finally, the last strategy is to stay on target. Set a realistic timeline for yourself and push yourself to meet that deadline every day. Even if you can’t do everything on your list for a particular day, always try to do as much as possible. If you’re waylaid by a tardy electrician, for example, get started painting the next room while you wait. By tackling your DIY home improvement project the way you’d tackle any big project at work, you’ll see results fast.

Supervise Your Own Home Improvement Project

The first consideration when supervising your home improvement project is to research your project. You must do the necessary homework to understand all the details involved in taking on the project. Get to know what it would take for a general contractor to do the job. Ask yourself what planning is needed, what steps are involved in completing the project, what type of permitting will I need and what is involved in hiring the subcontractors to do the work.

You can get information or take classes that will train you to become your own general contractor. You can also read books on the subject and look into buying computer management software to help keep the project organized

The second important requirement is that you must be realistic about what it will take to supervise the project. Depending on how big the project is, it can be a full time job keeping up with the project. You will always be getting calls about where to put something or how do you want something to look and if you are not onsite this may become difficult. Especially if you have a full time job where you can’t just leave and run home. You don’t want to end up losing all the money you are trying to save by supervising the project yourself.

The third consideration is instead of using a contractor, you could try using a project manager. The project manager can help you coordinate and give you advice but you will still be overseeing the project. In addition they may have qualified subcontractors they use so that you don’t have to take a lot of time finding workers. You can still save about half the cost of a contractor if you hire a project manager.

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