How to Use Task Batching for DIY'ing Home Repairs

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If you've ever purchased a fixer-upper type home, you know how overwhelming it can be to try and make time for home repairs--among everything else. I personally have found time batching to be an awesome time management strategy for me, and I wanted to share some ideas on how you could try and use it with the application of getting your new home in order. If you aren't sure what time batching (also called task batching) is, feel free to read the article I linked to above. I'll go ahead and get into the tips you can try.

1. Purchase supplies for 3-4 projects all at once. I recognize not all of us have the funds for this, but if you do it's a good idea to get everything you'll need at once. Every single trip you have to make to the store wastes some time. Not only are you saving time (The driving and checkout process takes longer for each individual trip) but you'll also save money since you're going to use less gas! 

2. Paint at once. If you're planning on doing a similar project in similar rooms (such as painting each room), batch these tasks together the best that you can. It's not always realistic to paint your whole house in a day, but the more you can do at once, the less time you're going to waste on set up and takedown of your painting supplies. Not only that, but less of your paint supplies will go to waste! Call a friend to help if it's a big job.

3. Do your shopping online. If you don't have to go into the physical store, you may find that it's a time saver to order online instead. As long as you think ahead (and don't wait to order stuff until the day you need it) this can help save you time since you don't even have to get into the car to drive. I only recommend this one if you're really comfortable with what you're looking for however, otherwise you may be making a bigger job for yourself. 

4. Hire help on the same day. If you're planning on hiring someone to come in and do your repairs, make all of the phone calls on the same day. Block out an hour of time and spend that calling painters, repairmen, and anything else you're going to need.

5. Just do it. I think one of the biggest time wasters when it comes to home repair is wasting time. Perhaps you don't enjoy home repairs, or maybe you can't make an important decision (like do you go with the tan or beige?) Regardless of what it is, everything will be done faster if you have quick and decisive action. Remember that you can always go back and fix something if you have any regrets. ;)

I LOVE looking for ways to save time. I am not one that really enjoys doing home repairs, so I batch my tasks together to make it as easy and painless as possible. I hope these tips help you!

Comments (2)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Matt Morris very good report about how to use task batching for DIY'ing home repair.

Dec 27, 2019 05:25 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Matt,  Thanks for the great tips.   We do have a place that needs some work.  I think we will give the task batching a try.

Dec 28, 2019 07:45 PM