Time For Summer Projects to Begin...
But this year, you're going to do them right!
Home improvement, renovation and even cleaning projects often seem like bigger jobs than you had expected (of course, after you have already started the project). This year, plan your projects in advanced to help you avoid the unexpected.
1. Prioritize! List (in order of urgency and/or importance) the projects you want to complete over the spring and summer. Write a time and cost estimate next to each project. This will help you better realize what is feasible to do now and what may need to wait to allow more time or money.
* Remember, be realistic. Estimate a longer completion time and a higher cost...this will help you avoid surprises later!
2. Enlist Help. Every one has talent or skill different than others. If you are a novice in one area but an expert in another, ask for help with your weaker area and maybe even offer a trade (your skills for theirs).
3. Plan Plan Plan. So you're ready to build that deck? You better plan well in advanced. Before you dig a hole or demolish anything, have your plan on paper.
- This rule applies to any project, large or small. Have your measurements, materials needed, amounts of each material, tools needed, time estimate, cost estimate and even drawings or sketches of the project all in one place.
4. Plan a Little More. Have you checked the weather? Confirmed your helpers are available? Does the store have all your materials in stock?
5. Get Started! Planning in advanced can save you a lot of aggrevation mid-project. Now that you are all set, get started! But don't forget, things do come up. Don't fret, take a moment and rethink your plan - who knows, your project might even end up better!
6. Enjoy! You did it!
Want some help planning and tracking a project?
Check out HouseLogic (from the National Association of Realtors).
This site is free to use!
You can track projects, get advice and a lot more.
HouseLogic allows users to create a Binder just for your projects or favorite links and articles.
The tools can really help you stay on track...check it out!