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DIY:Home Improvement Made Easy

Updated on October 14, 2012
Make home improvements yourself to save money as well as the enjoyment of doing so
Make home improvements yourself to save money as well as the enjoyment of doing so | Source

The Basics

To undertake a DIY or do-it-yourself project in your home you need a number of things. First of all, you need a plan of what you are going to do so you can focus on the job in hand. The next thing you need are instructions on how to undertake your chosen project and finally you need the materials to complete the job.

Of course, you will also need time and patience to complete your chosen DIY project.

The plan for your project

Before you start, you will need some ideas of what you want to achieve as a finished result. You can get some ideas about this by browsing furniture catalogs and magazines that have a home decorating section. The furniture in the catalogs may not interest you but the surroundings in which they are presented will give you good ideas for your projects. You can experiment with color and fabrics for example, by getting sample cards for paint and small samples of fabric can be used to plan your decorating project. Have some ideas about what you want to achieve but it is good to keep an open mind as well on what the completed project will look like.

Instructions for your project

DIY manuals are useful places to find instructions for different DIY skills.Step by step instructions are probably the best ones to use especially if the task you are planning to undertake is completely new to you.

There are also plenty of websites on the internet where you can get tips,advice and the necessary instructions for undertaking a home improvement project. The hallmark of DIY projects is the repairing, building and modifying independently without the assistance of professionals in the area of expertise. For this reason, it is important to get the right instructions either from the internet or a DIY book because these are skilled tasks usually done by practiced tradesmen.

Following these instructions will improve the chances of the finished project being a success.

Materials to complete your project

Now that you are past the planning stage and have acquired the necessary knowledge to carry out the project, it is time to purchase the materials to complete it. As you will have no expenses paying tradesmen to complete the job you are going to do yourself, it is worth investing your money wisely on materials. always purchase the best quality materials you can afford as you do not want your DIY project being undermined by the use of less than optimum materials.

Just because you purchase the best quality doesn't mean you have to compromise on value for money because with a bit of thought you can achieve a balance between the two.

Having planned what you want to do and acquired the necessary knowledge of the skills involved it is time to get started on the job with your newly purchased materials.


If your DIY project turns out well, it will motivate you to try the same again in another room of your home. Although it has probably taken you a lot of time, energy and effort to complete your project, the sense of achievement from doing so is well worth it. You now have a unique design as well as saving a lot of money by doing the job yourself.

Have you ever undertaken a DIY project in your home?

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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      I am glad you found it encouraging teaches12345. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such positive feedback.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Keeping an open mind is really important, as you stated; something always has a different angle, need or look than planned. Very nice write up and one that encourages me to keep up those projects.

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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      You have the knowledge and experience of this area of work so your comment carries more weight. It is good when people have the confidence to undertake home improvement projects but it doesn't match the expertise of the professional all the same. Thank you DS Duby for stopping by, commenting and leaving such positive feedback. It is much appreciated.

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      DS Duby 5 years ago from United States, Illinois

      I'm a residential carpenter/contractor and I agree whole heatedly. There are so many projects that home owners can take on themselves with the right tools and a little research. I for one have always enjoyed seeing people take on big projects that may have otherwise intimidated them. Time an patience are the most important elements to learning anything new and construction is no exception. voted up, awesome, interesting, useful and sharing.