Home Improvement

6 Tips for Starting a Home Improvement Project

A NerdWallet.com home improvement report revealed that American homeowners took on some 43 million home improvement projects themselves between 2015 and 2017. About three quarters of them noted that they had access to a wide variety of resources with enough information to make it possible to go the DIY route.


If you’re new to DIY but want to make your own home improvements so that your place stands out on the market among the Sacramento houses for sale or for any other reason, consider these tips to increase the odds of a successful project.




The first place to start is with research. Research your project online and perhaps visit a bookstore and/or library too. You’ll want to have multiple sources of information for your project from YouTube videos to manufacturers’ websites. Many companies also provide toll-free numbers for product questions that can be a big help.


Set a Budget


Setting a budget is a must no matter how big or small the project, although it becomes even more important the larger the endeavor is. Crunch the numbers to get an idea of how much it will cost, factoring in some room for the unexpected. Keep in mind that going with the cheapest materials isn’t always the best idea, you want good value, not cheap. Use products that are durable and will last to ensure what you’re doing will add value to your home.


Know Where to Spend and Where to Save


With any home improvement project you’ll obviously want to get the biggest bang for your buck, so know going in which parts of the project you should spend more on and where you should skimp. Generally, you should pay more for items that are difficult to replace like a bathtub, but save on the faucet, for example. If cooking is your passion, it probably makes sense to spend more by purchasing a professional range instead of saving on a lower-end model.


Make a List of Everything You Need


Before getting started, make a list of everything you’ll need to complete the project, including any necessary permits, tools, and materials. It can be very helpful to separate the list by items you already have and those you need to purchase. When it comes to tools, the list can also help you decide whether you should rent or purchase new. Once you have your list get all the materials you’ll need for your project before starting to avoid wasting time making multiple trips to the home improvement store.

Get Advice from the Experts


Staff at your local home improvement store, hardware store, paint store, lumberyard, etc. can be an excellent resource for advice on tackling your project. Try to catch employees on slower days (i.e. not on a Saturday morning), so that they’ll have time to talk.


Create a Time Frame


Consider which part of your project or projects makes sense to accomplish first and create a time frame for each component that will help you stay on track. If you have a lot of projects in mind, choose to start with one that’s more urgent and makes the most sense for the current season.

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