Doing it by yourself takes planning

2015-07-22 06:00
Make sure that you know what is involved before you start.
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Make sure that you know what is involved before you start. PHOTO: supplied

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WITH so many people opting for the do-it-yourself route in an attempt to save money - or as a means of expressing their creativity - it helps to bear in mind that while you will save money, you should be aware of the pros and cons before you start. Not all projects are as simple as they sound. Here are some tips to help you plan your project.

Plan your project

Before you even consider ripping up that dingy carpet and installing a laminate floor, or dismantling your seventies bathroom, be prepared.

Make sure that you know what is involved before you start. Even the easiest DIY project can turn into a nightmare with the omission of one single step in the process.

“I always recommend that every project be broken down into sections, and that the homeowner looks at every aspect of a project as step-by-step, rather than a whole project,” said Janice Anderssen of

“In this way, you apply much closer attention to small details that might otherwise be overlooked.”

You can find step-by-step instructions for almost any type of do-it-yourself project on the Internet. The only caution is to try to find as much “local” information as possible. There is no point in visiting overseas sites that will confuse rather than educate you.

Tools and materials

As you work through each step of the project, you will realise what tools and materials are needed. It is better to have everything on hand once you start, rather than have to stop halfway to try to find what you need.

This is also a good way to determine whether or not you have the experience with the tools needed for the project. If you don’t know how to use a specific tool, find out who offers courses or can provide information.

Costing the project

Having planned the project and worked out the tools and materials necessary, the next step is to determine how much the project will cost. While you will save money by doing it yourself, it is always a good idea to get quotes from professional contractors before you start so that you have an idea of what costs you are looking at.

For some projects, the amount of work involved as opposed to the cost, may be better off tackled by a professional.

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