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How to Prepare for a DIY Project the Right Way

by Bill Sweeney
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Carrying out DIY work in your home and garden is a good way to save money. No one wants to pay a handyman to come in and do the work for you when you could just easily do it yourself. However, you should prepare yourself as best as possible to avoid disaster or stupid mistakes. You don’t want to be “that guy” do you? You know the one – thinks he’s “got it” but then burns the house down? Read on and learn more before you approach your next DIY project.

Plan it Out Into Different Stages

Getting things organised and ordered in your head is the best place to start. You don’t want to approach it from a random angle and then get mixed up because you did things in the wrong order. Plan out the whole DIY project and organise it into various different stages that you can later follow.

Make Sure You Have the Right Tools for the Job

You’re going to need to make sure you have the right tools in place if you’re going to make a success of all this. Without the right tools, you’ll never achieve the right results. Don’t forget that. Tool Nerds compared the latest Circular Saws, so check them out if you need one of those. Doing research and reading reviews is essential. You need to make the right purchase or your work could suffer.

Source Your Materials

Once you have your tools in place, you’re going to need to source your materials too. Most DIY projects will require you to have certain materials in place. This could be wood or nails or whatever else. I know the big box stores seem easy, but a local supply store and hardware store work better for me. Better help, easier to navigate. Of course, it will entirely depend on the details of the particular DIY project you’re undertaking. Find a supplier who can offer a fair deal for the amount of materials you required. This can make or break the whole project.

Do the Simple Things First

You should start by focusing on the most simple things that you need to do. There is no sense in focusing on the things that are more challenging when you can do the easy things beforehand. Ease into it, check boxes off the list, start feeling good and start building that confidence, baby. It’s a big deal, so don’t be a hero, son. Build up to the hardest things before you even think about starting them.

Learn Before Taking on the Toughest Challenges

You need to make sure you know what you’re getting into and what it will take to complete your project successfully. Don’t just assume that you can play it by ear and get things done because that’s often not how it plays out. That is the best way to lose and lose big time. You need to educate yourself and learn new skills as you aim to get through different projects. Take the time to read up on what you plan to do, from the basics to the more complex stuff. You can do it, trust me. This way, you’ll make fewer crucial mistakes.

There is no sense in taking risks and throwing yourself into a DIY project before you’re ready for it. Make the most of what you’ve learned here as when you take on DIY tasks and projects in the future. Take your time, admit you need to learn, do it all at an easy pace, and get the job done in the end. You will feel like the man, you’ll learn a ton, and you’ll have a great base for any future DIY awesomeness.

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How to Prepare for a DIY Project the Right Way was last modified: November 21st, 2017 by Bill Sweeney

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8 comments

Stacie November 27, 2017 - 7:23 AM

I need to show this to my husband. His heart is in the right place, but… he REALLY needs to bookmark this post. LOL

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Jeanette November 27, 2017 - 11:33 AM

My hubby is extremely handy and he does everything here. Whatever favorite ways to make stuff is finding wood that is free and turning it into something that we can sell.

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Michelle Cantu November 27, 2017 - 3:40 PM

I love DIY projects, but usually fail at them because I am not organized. This is a great tutorial on prepping, now I need to go back and look at all my saved DIY projects.

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Claudia Krusch November 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

It is important to do your research before you take on a project. Knowing what to expect and what tools you will need is a time saver.

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sara lafountain November 27, 2017 - 9:19 PM

These are great tips! I know my husband is great at planning out our DIY projects, I learn a lot from him!

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Melissa Dixon November 28, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Preparation is key! That is the most important step yet somehow it often gets overlooked! I need to take your tips and be more prepared!

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Lynndee November 29, 2017 - 10:40 AM

My husband is a fixer-upper kind of guy. But sometimes, he would still miss those details especially if he’s in a hurry to fix something. He could use your tips. 🙂

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Handyman DIY March 21, 2018 - 4:03 AM

Measure twice, cut once. That’s the most important DIY lesson you will ever learn.

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