If you’re considering home improvements, you may also be thinking DIY. However,
DIY is not for everyone. For starters, it can cost more in time, which can negate
any monetary savings you make. So here are our tips to help you either plan for
your project, or help you decide whether to DIY or not to DIY.
- Start by giving yourself and your project a sense of order and progress. And that
means making a list and plan of all the areas you would like to see changed. Make
sure you include everything – even if it’s something small like changing a door
- Take your list and write a number next to each item to prioritise. Approach your
priorities with consideration to your time frame for completion.
- Next, review each task and place an A or B next to each item: A = DIY, B = hiring
It sounds easy enough, but consider these things. Do you want your entire
weekends given over to your DIY project? If you have given yourself 12 months for
everything on the list, are you happy to live in a ‘work in progress’ house site?
And will you be OK with your DIY, non-professional finish? There’s a reason why
we use professionals. They have trained long and hard to do exactly what you
think you can master in a week.
Whatever you decide, choosing to DIY is not for the fainthearted. It’s a real test of
patience and persistence. Just look at the contestants on The Block! But the sense
of achievement at the finish line – not the mention the savings – is pretty
compelling when you get it right. Good luck!