Make 2014 the Year You Complete That Home DIY Project

Many people are planning to complete a much-awaited home DIY project in 2014. However, turning your home into a haven can make your life – and your family’s – a long-term nightmare. It’s important to stay on time and on budget. But you can do it. Here’s how.

Do your research. Know what you want to do – and whether you can do it. Talk to experts at home-building stores. Watch video tutorials. Read books. Find out how long it should take and avoid unnecessary delays by ensuring you have the proper equipment before you begin. Buy wisely from stores with good reputations and lots of experience. And as much as you want to do it yourself, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Know why you want to make changes to your home; a full-blown re-build may not be necessary. A fresh coat of paint or new tiles can bring new life to a bathroom or kitchen. New light fixtures or curtains can enliven a room. Putting new wallpaper on one wall can be as effective as re-decorating the whole space.

Re-use and change: You may be able to make better use of what you have by re-purposing (old doors can become table tops, for example) or re-arranging.

Don’t rush to buy new. Shop at thrift stores. Ask friends or family for furniture they don’t want. Host an up-cycling party; everyone can share ideas. But wait until you’ve completed your project; after all your hard work, you’re going to want to show it off.