Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I seem to undertake more projects at home. Maybe it’s because I have more time on my hands, or maybe it’s because I have family in town that can help (or force help upon me). Either way, I believe that doing “do-it-yourself” projects are great ways to save money while still improving your home.
Types of Projects to Choose
This can be the hardest thing to think about when doing it yourself. There are tons of different projects to choose from, so which do you pick? I prefer to pick projects that are a little bit a of stretch, but not too much that I’ll botch the project.
For example, I wanted to build a gazebo in the yard, but it required a lot of different skills, some of which I’d done, and some that I hadn’t. I was comfortable pouring concrete and cutting wood, but not with the precise angles to make the gazebo. But through a little research, and some testing, I was able to get the right touch.
I didn’t, however, have any roofing or electrical experience, which is what made the project a little fun.
Where to Find Help
If you do need help, like I did, I’ve found the best places are the internet, which has a lot of tutorial videos to show you what to do, and your local hardware store. There are usually very experienced individuals at the hardware store that will explain to you exactly what you need to do to be successful, even if you don’t buy anything. Most of these guys just like to talk shop.
Ways to Save
But doing it yourself isn’t the only way to save. Looking for discounts and savings on your materials is also just as important. For example, I found a 10% off + free shipping coupon from Home Depot that enabled me to save lots of money. There are also a lot of other deals that blow me away online where you can save 50% or more compared to local shops.
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