Most people will have a small set of tools and then buy DIY goods as they go along, however, in the long-term scheme of things this can lead to DIY work becoming very expensive. The time of year when people do most of their DIY projects is fast approaching so it’s time to start thinking about getting yourself ready. Being prepared will mean that you can get started as and when you have the time and the weather to do the tasks you want. Being prepared for DIY also enables you to keep on top of any essential house maintenance that you might need to complete throughout the year.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can get yourself ready for DIY:
It’s a good idea to have a walkthrough of your home and outdoor space. Note down any tasks that need to be and put them in order of importance. You can then go through the list and jot down the materials and tools you are going to need in order to complete the tasks at hand. By doing this you’re able to identify any tasks that need similar materials or tools, you’re able to cut down on costs if you tackle jobs that need similar items as bulk buying usually means better value for money. Once you’ve noted everything down it’s worth organising all the tasks into order, with the list of everything you will need to complete them. This way you can set your budget.
Think About The Materials And Equipment
You need to think about what you are going to need to complete the tasks you need to safely, correctly and to a good standard. If you haven’t got the space for bulky equipment it could be worth having a look at rental costs of certain tools and equipment. As mentioned above, bulk buying will usually save you money, so, if you have space to store materials such as screws, paint and sandpaper, then you’re probably better off buying bulk rather than small packs for each task. Having items like screws, light bulbs, a hammer, screwdriver, nails, plaster repair etc stored away for house emergencies is a good idea. It can save you a lot of time and money if you’re able to act quickly and repair something rather than having to take a trip to the local DIY store.
Have A Dedicated Workspace
Ideally, you should have a dedicated space for working in when it comes to DIY especially if you’re going to be doing thing like cutting wood or tiles (this can get messy). Of course, if you have the weather for it, outside is perfect. However, if you can’t guarantee the space then have a space for a mini-workshop in a garage or shed is best. Set it up with all the tools and equipment you need and make sure it’s well lit using something such as LEpro LED Tube light. This will ensure that you’re able to work safely.
These are just three areas that will help you to be DIY ready, do you have anything else that would help? Please share them in the comments below.