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Taking The Hassle Out Of DIY Projects: 5 Top Tips

Deciding to take on a DIY project can be a challenge. With the temptation to pay someone to do the job for you looming overhead, it takes a lot of will power and determination to get it done yourself. However, the personal reward of completing a DIY task in your own home is way more rewarding than someone else doing it for you. Putting your blood, sweat and tears into creating your dream home usually pays off both financially and in satisfaction. So, fully commit to it and use these helpful tips to get you started.

Plan

Back in the days of exams, annoying teachers used to say ‘Prepare, or prepare to fail,’ annoyingly they were spot on with this exclamation. The same goes for DIY projects, you probably won’t fail completely, but if you don’t get organised to begin with, you’ll make what could be a fun DIY project, a stressful and enormously time-consuming nightmare.

Make room

As part of your planning process, work out whether you’d be better off clearing a room before you begin your DIY project. For example, if you’re doing the floor, walls and ceiling of a living room, instead of trying to work around your furniture and cover everything in sheets, it may be easier to just move it into storage until you’re finished.

Go shopping

There’s nothing worse than getting started on a big painting project and realising you haven’t got all the tools you need. Things like tape for protecting skirting boards and white spirit for the clear up are essential things to have around the home before you get started.

Have a trial run

From testing paints on walls for the right colour to making sure that electric sander works, make sure you’re ready to commit with all of the tools you’ve invested in and paints you’ve spent days choosing. This is especially important when it comes to painting - you need to have given the walls a good clean down and check the paint you’ve bought is going to have a good coverage – if you find out you’re going to need more, get it before you start!