February 16th, 2014 — DIY, Green Construction
Watching home improvement television may inspire you to tackle your own home renovation projects, but just as quickly as you found the inspiration to get started, you will find yourself getting over your head. Every year, millions of Americans are tackling their own home remodeling projects, both large and small. Unfortunately, getting the job right relies on familiarity with power tools and some basic skills. According to a research study at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Duke University Medical Center found between 1991 and 2005 that the number of homeowners admitted to the emergency room with nail gun injuries rose by 200 percent.
The trick to having a successful home renovation does not have to do with being born with a carpenter's thumb, but rather has to do with making proper use of the tools that you have on hand. This is a strategy that will save both time and money in the long run when it comes to both minor and major home remodeling projects.
- Take a common sense approach.
Before you end up heading directly to the hardware store, buying a handful of different tools, it is important that you explore the resources that are available to you and take advantage of them. Bookstores, for example, are a great place to get started. Most hardware stores in this day and age also offer classes so that aspiring home remodelers can learn more about the task at hand and better prepare themselves for using the tools in their possession.
- Slow and Steady.
Having a few days where you have nothing else to do may be an excellent time to tackle a project like painting or renovating a bathroom, but you shouldn't rush. Taking your time is going to mean that the project will be done right, and you will be left with something that you can be proud of.
- Know when to Fold.
Painting may be one thing, but taking on a massive project is something that you should consult a professional over, especially if it is a plumbing, electrical or structural problem with safety and municipal building codes to consider.
- Consider more than the dollar.
When your home repair does call for assistance from a professional trades person, keep in mind that choosing simply based on the cost is not the wisest way to go. Take the time to research your options and speak to different options in your area to get a good idea of what is out there. Price does matter, but the quality of the work is also going to matter, as will the satisfaction of customers of the past.
There is a lot that you can do to improve your home without turning to a skilled trades person. If you do decide to take renovations into your own hands, make sure to read instructions, wear proper foot wear and eye wear, establish a child free zone where dangerous things can be stored, and above all else make sure to use common sense.
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