Four weeks ago, I stumbled upon some great plans for a wooden outdoor lounger. Because I wanted an excuse to buy new tools, I decided to build it. Knowing nothing about furniture building and lacking the proper tools, my project didn’t go as planned. Four weeks later, there’s a half-built wooden outdoor lounger sitting on our patio.
I’ve been a homeowner for five years. In that time I’ve made nearly every home improvement mistake a homeowner can make. Want to not be like me? Then make sure you do the following:
1. Buy good tools: Yeah, tools are expensive. What’s more expensive? Buying two circular saws because the cheap one broke. Spending more now will ensure you get tools that will last a long time.
2. Plan ahead: Oftentimes, impulsive projects turn out to be the most fun. But don’t let impulsiveness prevent you from properly planning your job.
3. Know when to hire a pro: There’s a reason plumbers charge as much as they do. They’re specialists who have the skills and tools to do what you can’t. For what it costs to buy all the materials and the time it takes to try and do-it-yourself, you could’ve just hired a plumber to do the job right in a fraction of the time.
4. One job at a time: Want a house full of half-done projects? Great! Just start a new project before an old one is finished and you’ll be good to go.
5. Throw out the lowest bid: While you might be tempted to go with the lowest bid, don’t. That contractor is often cutting corners somewhere to make up for the savings. That usually means cheaper materials or lower quality work. Save yourself the hassle and hire the right pro the first time.
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