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While it is true that we learn from our mistakes, when it comes to do-it-yourself projects around the home, it's best to avoid as many mistakes as you can! They not only wind up making your project cost more, but they can also result in it taking longer to complete. So here are a few things to help you make your next Glenview DIY project a winner.
1. Be sure you get all the proper permits for your area. In certain cases, such as adding a wood stove to your home, you'll need the permit to show your insurance carrier that you did it right so they'll insure your new addition. In most areas, you'll need a permit for projects other than painting and wallpapering. If you're not sure, call your local government offices to find out if you need a permit before you start.
2. Have all the necessary tools and supplies on hand. Nothing slows down a job faster than having to stop and run to the store for a certain tool or some supplies that you forgot. Also, don't buy the cheapest tool you can find, as they're cheap for a reason, and that reason is probably that they are inferior tools! Remember, you get what you pay for.
3. Establish an area for construction supplies. Figure out ahead of time where you can store all the materials you'll need for your project so they won't get wet if it rains, or carried away by the trash collectors because they were sitting too close to the road. Also, make note of where your septic tank is, if your home has one, so that heavy delivery trucks won't be running over that area of the lawn and possibly cracking the septic tank.
4. Get the proper materials for the job you have in mind. It's better to use 3/4-inch drywall or sub-flooring even if it is a bit more expensive. In the long run, you'll almost always be glad you spent the extra.
5. Use the right paint for the location. Generally, you'll only want flat paint for ceilings as it is less washable than eggshell or satin paints, which are better for walls and trim. For decks, linseed-oil based is best as it penetrates the wood better, giving it a better seal.
6. Prepare the walls properly before painting. Clean, sand, and patch first. Then use a primer or stain blocker for unpainted drywall or if you're trying to cover oil-based paint, stain, or a darker color.
7. Be safe. Wear safety goggles when using power tools and a hard hat when working under someone on scaffolding. Be sure to open the windows and/or doors for ventilation when using paint, stain, or removers. Wear gloves when carrying wood, rocks or metal, and don't wear loose clothing that could get caught up in power tools.
8. Be accurate. A good rule of thumb that's saved many a carpenter from making some big mistakes is to "Measure twice, cut once." I don't think this really needs any further explanation!
9. Know your limits. There may be certain things you don't know how to do or are afraid to do, such as working high up on a roof or working with electricity. So stick with what you know, and find someone else to do the things you're not able to do yourself.
10. Learn how to do the work necessary to complete your project. If you're not sure how to do certain steps that will be necessary to complete your project, ask someone who knows, or offer to help a local contractor friend so you can pick up some helpful tips on making your project go smoothly.
DIY can be a very rewarding way to update your home or put on a new addition. If you'd rather just sell the home you're in or buy a new one, contact the Marla Schneider Team today at 847-657-3790. We're experts in our field of buying and selling real estate in the Glenview, Wilmette, Northbrook and North Shore areas. You can also contact us online to get started buying or selling your home today.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.