Dos and Don’ts of DIY Home Improvement

No matter the time of year, there’s things that are going to be done to keep your home in tip-top shape. Certain things are going to present themselves when you are least expecting it and they’ll often need to be taken care of as soon as possible. 

There’s also the typically more fun improvements that you might plan a year or two in advance. Whichever one you have coming up, here’s a few tips to make sure you aren’t getting in over your head.

Do Prioritize Energy Efficiency

Some of us see our homes as our long term living spaces; others might see where they live as a pitstop to something else. Making the home as energy efficient as possible is something both camps should always try to do. A new and efficient steel door is going to help whether you are there for the long term or planning to sell in a few years. 

The same goes for appliances. A potential buyer seeing a newly updated kitchen might be the reason they choose to purchase your home over someone else’s. If selling isn’t in the cards, having energy efficient appliances may make you eligible for a tax rebate or credit depending on what state you’re located in. 

Don’t Put Needed Repairs Off

There’s the things we want and the things we need. No matter how exciting a project may seem, make sure you know which of those categories it’s in. We all want the fun addition to our home, but make sure everything that’s needed is taken care of first. 

Having a leaky roof or a cracked foundation will not only impact the value of your home but it can also impede your family’s daily life. Also, if money is tight when an issue presents itself, still try to do it as soon as possible. Taking advantage of home renovation financing is always a way to make sure needed repairs are taken care of when they are still a minor issue and not yet a major repair. 

Do Have A Plan In Mind

This might sound obvious to some but it’s important to mention to first-time remodelers. Please, do not wing it. Not having a set vision in mind, and the results of it, can be obvious to potential buyers and might make them question your judgment when considering what other repairs you might have made previously.

Even if you aren’t looking to sell anytime soon, you don’t want to cause a headache for yourself. The last thing anyone wants is to install new cabinet hardware only for it to get in the way of the new dishwasher you have to install a few months later. 

Don’t Overestimate Yourself

DIY can be a great way to save money and learn something along the way, but we all have to know our limits. Don’t take the sink plumbing apart before you know every single step of the process and every possible thing to likey go wrong. 

From articles to videos, the internet is your friend. As long as the project can wait, don’t rush. Read and watch all that you need; if something still seems like it might be too much, make peace with that and consider bringing in a professional before something becomes a larger issue and costs even more than it would otherwise.

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