Once I have decided to begin a project, I am 100% behind it, but that requires that I do all of the research necessary in order to be able to effectively see it through to the end with skill and precision. There are many factors that determine whether or not I tackle a project because I can only do so much as there are limits to my skills. Sometimes, I have to just err on the side of caution and bring in a professional to handle the task as I have learned from experience that it can save me tremendous amounts of money in the end.
While out on the golf course with some of my closest friends, I have often asked them for advice as some of them have even more experience than I do in several areas of renovation. The professional versus DIY spirit lives inside all of us and I can bounce ideas off of them whenever I am unsure of how to proceed. There are so many DIY and home improvement shows on television these days and by watching several of them, I have learned to have more confidence in the talents I have to bring to the table. It is important to note, however, that there are always times when I have to concede defeat and call in a professional for the best overall end result.
While evaluating a new project and whether or not to take it on myself, I know that I have to set my ego to the side and really consider my skill level for the task at hand. There is no reason to feel bad when you come across something that you have no knowledge of or simply cannot do. To that end, I have several professionals that I personally know I can count on to come look over my workmanship and offer me pointers and tips to ensure that the project is finished with precision. Even better these days are the access to tutorials via YouTube, HGTV, and other such websites that teach you how to get through just about any DIY task. I’ve compiled a short list of projects that can be categorized from novice to professional.
Although painting can take up a lot of time, the benefit is that you are able to see results quickly. You should know that painting does take some skill in order for the finished product to look absolutely flawless. The best advice that I can give is to be patient while painting and bear in mind that it is a home improvement task for just about anyone.
Although not as simple as painting, applying new wallpaper can be categorized as a skill set fit for a beginner. In order to save yourself a fair amount of frustration, I’d advise consulting with people you can count on to do it right, as well as tutorials to guide you through the process before you begin.
Planting small plants, flowers, and trees can make a huge difference in the aesthetics of your home. If you can spare an entire weekend, visit a greenery and begin the process of revamping your backyard.
Replacing hardware and cabinets can be fairly simple and just about anyone can do it. All you need is a good eye to ensure precision, a screwdriver, and patience to ensure everything is even.
With some paint and a bit of work, you can add another dimension of character to a piece of furniture. Apply tarps underneath furniture, place gloves on, grab a toothbrush, and then you are ready to begin.
Tiling is not that difficult, but it goes beyond the beginner skill set. When tiling, precision and quality are the best tools to have.
You’ve got to be comfortable using nail guns, saws, and hammers if you want to frame a partition wall. Otherwise, consult with a carpenter that has plenty of experience.