Do-it-yourselfers like the challenge of new home improvement projects. DIY saves time because you’re on your own schedule and money because you don’t have to pay a professional contractor. However, no matter what your skill level, before starting DIY exterior projects, there are some things to consider before embarking on your newest adventure.
What is the Purpose of the DIY Project?
You add an attached garage, revamp the front porch, or install an outdoor kitchen to improve the functionality of your property. On the other hand, replacing the siding to change the color of your home’s exterior, adding a water feature, or switching from a paved driveway to flagstones are home improvements that boost curb appeal. Decide what you want to accomplish and why you want to do the DIY project.
What is the Budget?
It can be a rollercoaster ride if you start a do-it-yourself home improvement without a budget. A detailed budget will help define how much you want to spend on materials. And just in case, factor in an extra 25% to 30% of the total budget for unexpected costs.
What will You need to get the Job Done?
If your home exterior project involves mitered corners or edges, you’ll need a miter saw. Make a list of what you’ll need to complete the DIY project. Plan to rent, borrow, or buy any tools and equipment don’t currently own.
What’s the Plan?
Break down your DIY project into parts or stages. This will give you:
- A clearer idea of the timeline
- An idea as to what should be done first
- Specific steps need to complete the project
- Specific techniques you’ll need to research or brush up on
The plan will, of course, include your budget in addition to a timeline, helpers, and lists. It helps to visualize the different stages of your DIY project if have a definite start and an end date.
What’s up with the Weather?
You will be doing your DIY project outside. Choose a calendar month that is known for nicer weather and fewer storms, typically April through September depending on the region where you live. Have tarps on hand for protecting the area and any materials and equipment that can’t be stored inside if it rains.