With the cost of everything going up, your dream of moving home may have to be put on hold. However, that does not mean you cannot invest money into it and make it more comfortable for you and your family. You can make significant savings by doing smaller jobs yourself at home, and planning is essential to get them done correctly. Below are some tips to help you plan your project and ensure you have all the tools and materials you need to complete it to the best of your ability.
Decide What You Want To Do
The first task is to plan what project you want to do in your home, whether moving internal walls or landscaping your garden. The scope of your project will depend on your DIY experience, budget, and bottle, but pushing yourself is an excellent way to ensure you do a fantastic job. Once you have determined what project you will tackle, it is time to start planning and preparing for it.
Breaking The Task Into Stages
Now you know what you will be doing, you must break the task up into stages, which will make the planning much easier. Once you have listed the different stages of your project, you will need to compile a list of the tools, materials, and equipment that each phase of the project requires. Once you have done this for all the stages, you can start compiling a shopping list of everything needed and prepare to start shopping.
Compiling A Shopping List
You can now create a spreadsheet to use as a shopping list for everything you need to complete your task. You can create a separate tab for each item you require, such as access panels, plasterboard, cable trunking, and other necessary items. You will also need to include supplier information, such as:
- Supplier Website
- Lead Time
- Payment Method
- Delivery Charges
- Unit Price
- Available Discounts
Once you have everything listed in your spreadsheet, you can start searching for suppliers for everything you need and try and find the best possible deals.
Items You May Not Want To Buy
There may be tools and equipment that you will need to complete your project that may not be cost-effective to buy. Especially if you are unlikely to use them very often, and if this is the case, you will want to find alternative options. You can borrow what is required from someone you know, or an excellent alternative is to consider hiring what you need from a reputable company.
When looking at the available materials suppliers, you will need to compare them carefully. The lead time can be a vital factor to consider because, since COVID, building materials are in high demand and short supply. The unit price is another essential factor, but so are the delivery charges. If possible, you want to avoid these, so grouping orders with the same suppliers is an excellent way to reduce delivery costs. Once you have everything you need, brush up on your skills by watching YouTube videos, and you are all set to begin your renovation project.