Let’s get this straight: renovations are the worst. They are time-consuming, cost you a lot, and you feel trapped in your own house during any global reconstruction.
But in this world of horrible renovation stories, we can actually find something great if we use our creativity and natural-born skills. Of course, we talk here about DIY projects.
DIY renovation is an amazing opportunity to use all those interior design tools you always wanted to explore, create a unique interior, and, the most important part, save a lot of money. If you already feel ignited by this idea, we prepared for you a list of our personal tips on how to make every DIY home project go smoothly and flawlessly. Let’s take a look at them!
Plan the budget
DIY projects can take both a really long time and too much money if you don’t plan the budget beforehand (which is ironic because the plan was to save some dollars). Even if you are an interior design guru, we still recommend you to think about every cent you have already spent or going to spend on your project.
Just remember that you want to save some money by doing everything with your bare hands, so budgeting is important. Create an online or paper list of everything you need and start writing down the costs.
Your next step should be considering where you can cut corners. For example, if you need a drill, but you don’t have one, think about borrowing or renting it.
Go to your local stores and ask for the next sale: you can save a fortune if you wait only a couple of weeks or months. If you are not in a rush, it’s better to wait for the best price.
You can do everything! But you don’t have to…
A handy person can handle a huge home renovation project even if they need to learn something new while doing the task. But even when you can do many things by yourself, we strongly encourage you to use help if you really need it.
You can be a master builder, but if you don’t know how to fix plumbing, hire a professional plumber to help you with it. Food for thought: your one wrong move can cost you much more than hiring a proper specialist. Is it really worth it?
Learn new things every day
It is not easy to learn how to decorate a home, and it can take many poor choices for you to come up with the right things for your house. But here comes the insane power of the internet, where you can find countless guides, webinars, lists, and just home videos that will help you to create a stylish home.
You can watch videos about interior design ideas, DIY tricks, unconventional renovation methods, and tutorials and learn from them. You may find better ways of making your existing ideas true or learn how to create something even better than you wanted.
Who knows, maybe one day you will learn how to record a webinar by yourself and will create your own DIY interior design course for other newbies who need knowledge in this area. That’s another food for thought.
Create a clear plan and follow it
Besides the budget, we recommend you create a plan for the whole project. Write down all your interior design ideas and make a step-by-step plan of how you will bring them to life.
We advise you to create a list with the bite-size steps because it is so much easier to make them real, as opposed to making huge steps with no clear path towards them. For example, instead of simple “paint walls,” it is better to write something like this:
- Choose paint
- Prepare the walls
- Buy brushes
- Paint Bedroom #1
- Paint Bedroom #2
Be prepared for surprises
On the paper, your home decoration ideas can look just impeccable. It turns out that reality sometimes does not meet expectations. So it is better to be prepared for any weird and unexpected things that can happen during this project.
So, plan a little budget for unexpected expenses: extra paint, different decorative items, and even takeout dinners for days when you are too tired to cook something after work hours. DIY renovations always have surprises, but we sure hope that yours will be only good ones.
Well, there was no better time than now to show the world the whole spectrum of your creativity and make something absolutely special.
It should go big or go home. If you want to design your bedroom or remake the bathroom, just make it as great as possible and bring to life the most insane fantasies of yours.
Do not be afraid of new things.
Continuing the previous point, we wish to emphasize that you should experiment if you do home decoration by yourself. Choose interesting colors for walls, find unusual decorations, make a bed with your bare hands: do whatever you want.
If you want to know when is the best time for a home renovation that can look crazy and interesting at the same time, then here it is. After all, if you will eventually hate it, just remake it again!
DIY home renovation can be an incredible journey that will mark one of the best periods of your life. It doesn’t matter whether you do it to save money or to express yourself within your house’s walls. This home project can be a great experience.
All you need is to just focus, write down your ideas, come up with a budget, learn the process, and not be afraid of experimenting. Trust us, you will get a really special result at the end of your DIY journey.