It’s time consuming and it can be challenging, but doing it yourself can save you buckets of money and be rewarding.
I’m all about finding ways to save money and doing it yourself hits the top of the list.
After a little soul searching (and Internet surfing) I came up with a few unorthodox DIY adventures.
Firstly check your local building codes. Just cover yourself and make sure you don’t have to go down and get some kind of permit. If you do need a permit make sure to add this to your investment budget.
Your investment should be sparse. Remember we’re looking to save money. Decide what you’re willing to spend.
Look for ways to get free or reduced prices on your materials. For example, if you want to put in new counter tops call or preferably visit every home improvement store
in your area. The sales staff at these stores are usually exceptional, so pick their brains. Check out the goods on clearance, see if you can get a deal for dents, ask what’s in the back.
Check the Internet for pricing but don’t order unless it’s cheaper than driving down and getting it yourself and you’re going to get free shipping. Most web retailers are willing to work with you on this if you’re placing an order. Take into account the delivery time, you may run out of enthusiasm is you have to wait 4-6 weeks for something to arrive. I know I would, when I get involved in a project I want to dig in right then and there.
Get your resources together. You can find more information than what you need right here on the Internet. Read directions! More money is spent trying to correct mistakes that could have been avoided if only the directions were read.
If you’re planning on sprucing up your home sweet home, take into account the price of houses in your neighborhood. Just make sure that you will be getting your money back and more if you ever move on.
So don’t go and put an expensive imported counter top if your house appraises for 55,000. I’m sure you know that but you never know.
At last, remember to have fun. If you’re not having fun and find it to be a stressful event – delegate or put in on your ‘to do list’. It’s not worth it.
Here are some links that I found that may be of interest to you…
- Tiled Window Box [Outdoor DIY] (bedifferentactnormal.com)
- DIY Shed Plan Makes a Home Attainable (jetsongreen.com)
- Save Money on DIY Bathroom Upgrades (diyornotblog.wordpress.com)
- 7 DIY tips to help you sell your home (confused.com)
- DIY Hanging Bed (bedifferentactnormal.com)
- Rain barrels: A simple way to save on water (timesunion.com)
- Learn How to Make Your Own Bamboo Bike in One-Weekend, Plus Support a Good Cause (treehugger.com)
- Diagnose and Fix a Running Toilet [Cleaning] (lifehacker.com)
- How I DIY – Showcase Your DIY Projects (netwala.blogspot.com)
- $8 DIY Aluminum Laptop Stand (lifehacker.com)
- DIY continuous ink printer solution (crunchgear.com)