To save money, many people choose to take on their home renovations or other renovation-type projects on their own. And while you can learn a lot about tackling these projects from online videos or resources, before you begin doing any work on your home that you’ve never done before, it’s always wise to really think through the process first.
To help you with this, here are three things to consider before doing your own renovation project.
Can You Handle The Scope Of Work?
The very first thing you should think about when attempting to do your own renovations are the scope of the project you’re going to be taking on.
Sometimes, small projects can easily be done by a novice. But for larger projects, like ones involving the foundation of your home or other building, this is usually outside of the scope of work that you should be comfortable and confident in taking on.
According to Kate Reggev, a contributor to Dwell.com, you should also consider things like the time that you expect this project to take as you contemplate the scope of work. If it will take you weeks to finish this project but it would take a professional or even someone with slightly more experience a much shorter amount of time, you should take this into consideration before deciding to do everything on your own.
Know The Laws Regarding Paperwork
For very basic renovations that you’ll be doing on your home or other structure, you likely won’t need to get any kind of paperwork or legal approval about making the changes. But according to Donna Boyle Schwartz, a contributor to BobVila.com, if you’re going to do anything above simple, cosmetic changes, you’re likely going to need to file some paperwork with your city or county before you get started.
Knowing this, it’s wise to research the laws regarding the paperwork that you may need to become familiar with before you even pick up a sledgehammer. Because these things can get confusing, working with a licensed contractor can make this process easier to sift through.
Plan Out Your Steps First
While you might be mainly thinking about how the final product of your renovations will look, what you really need to be focusing your attention on is the first few steps that you’ll be taking as you get going on the project.
According to Lee Wallender, a contributor to The Spruce, some of the first steps you’ll want to plan out will include things like the design, any structural changes you’ll be needing to make, how to take care of the demolition, what adjustments you’ll be making with plumbing or electrical, and how you’ll go about finishing off the space.
If you’re thinking about doing your own home renovations in the near future, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for all these projects will entail.