For some people, the weekend is a time to chill and enjoy the company of good friends, however for most house owners weekends are for fixing up the place and embarking on D.I.Y. jobs that appear never-ending. If you are a home owner, then you probably have tried out being handy so you can avoid the cost of having to pay an expert the overpriced rates you pay. But to take on the smallest of jobs all by yourself might seem overwhelming, so here’s a list of what I typically do when plunging right into a new challenge.
You’ll find it helpful to write all the ideas or thoughts on how you would want the task to develop, get started by finding inspiration if it’s a design job, take photos, look into decorating web sites, magazines, ask your friends. If it’s more complicated than merely painting a wall and you will have to do some electrical work or plumbing and you are also comfortable doing the work yourself, you will need to make sure you’ve got all the equipment necessary and that you know exactly what you are doing, because if you mess up there’s a chance you’re in a lot of real danger and it might cost you more to hire an expert down the road to clean up after you. I find an itemized list of equipment to be utilized, comes in very handy regardless of severity of the work. You might also make a list of worst-case-scenarios, so you will be ready. So here it is: having everything required for your task handy, knowing just how you would like the project to develop and knowing what you want as the final result is what youwish to achieve with all the planning.
Common sense is a big one here, be sure to understand how to use the tools properly and make sure the place you may be doing work in is cleared to make sure you don’t trip over anything. Turn off the water supply if you’re doing improvements to plumbing and shut off the electricity if the work requires touching wires. Dress properly for the task and naturally wear footwear that are comfortable with no open toes. In case you have little ones make sure they are out of the way, so you don’t bump them over or worse, same is true of pets. And have your first aid kit handy in case there is an emergency.