Planning for a Home Improvement Project

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by Dale Preston
(Kansas City, USA)

Home improvement is a life changing event. Whether you are doing the project yourself, or having a professional contractor do it for you, there are several tips to a home improvement project that can make the process go a little smoother.

• Budget is the first item on the agenda. How much are you willing to spend for this home improvement project? Tips – create a reserve in the budget of at least 10%-20% for overages Most projects will wind up costing more than originally planned. Don’t scrimp on the important items. Don’t budget the maximum you can afford, you will be out of pocket!..

• Expertise is second. Home improvement projects generally involve a good level of experience. Are you qualified? Always accept tips from someone who is Tips – the internet is a good source for information and tips on any subject you can imagine. Libraries also have a large section of books with tips you can use.

• Time frame is a key to any home improvement project. The larger the project, the longer and more involved it will be. Talk with some of your friends or neighbors that have done a home improvement project recently, and gather as many tips as possible. If you have a set time frame in your mind, try to stick to it. Tips – always leave yourself a cushion, because things do come up that are unavoidable. If you have a plan B, then implement it if you have to.

• Living in the house while the project is on-going can be an adventure. Are you willing to live without your kitchen or master bathroom for a few weeks? This should be considered before beginning any homeimprovement project. Tips – make arrangements ahead of time to possibly shower at a friends or relatives house. Cooking can be done in any room using a microwave or small toaster oven.

• Cleaning the area while the home improvement project is in full swing is vital to keep the rest of the house from getting as dusty, plus it makesthe work area safer by removing any trip hazards’. Tips – have a large garbage can lined with a 55-gallon trash bag, and place it near the area of the project. Try to avoid using a hand truck in the project area. This way, you can help eliminate some of the tracking of dirt and dust to throughout the house.

Updated: November 11, 2012 — 12:48 am

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