Okay, we’ve talked a lot about how to pick your projects and prioritize them as well as setting up your budget for those projects. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to actually taking steps to get started! Yay! The number one most important thing you do before you actually start ANY project is your due diligence….what does that mean exactly? Well, all it really means is doing your research. Here is a list of some things that you may want to research before you begin your project:
1. Pricing: If you are going to need to hire someone to help with parts of your project, you will definitely want to do some online price checking to get yourself the best worker for the best price. There are sites set up specifically to do this, some of which charge you a fee. You can however do it yourself by searching in your particular area for whatever type of help you need and checking reviews on that particular company or person. You can also rely on asking friends, family, and coworkers for names of people or companies they have used that they were pleased with.
2. Sales: If you are planning bigger purchases, you will want to check around to see who has what sales going on when. It is also smart to check on package pricing or any other deals they may be offering. Don’t be afraid to ask, you may learn of something that you didn’t know and save yourself some serious money!
3. Ideas: Maybe you are just making over your master bedroom and don’t really need any big ticket items or any outside help. Well, you will probably still want to research to find out what you want to do exactly. Maybe you want to change the feel of your room by changing color schemes or styles. In that case, you can look through magazines, Pinterest, The Redesign Facebook Page and blogs, etc. If you just simply search bedroom ideas, you might be amazed at how many different things will pop up for you to check out! Even if you are just painting a room a new color, you may want to go online and search different color scheme ideas to help you find exactly what you want.
As you can see, doing your due diligence is a very important step in the process of most DIY projects that you may be taking on this year. Once you have completed the research part and have found ideas that you love and paint colors or fabrics that you want to use, you will want to keep those things organized and on-hand to help keep you on track as well as motivated to get across that finish line. A great way to do this is with an inspiration board. Read here for directions on how to make your own inspiration board.
I promise that if you take the time at the beginning of your project to do some research and planning, you won’t be sorry. You will feel good about moving forward and then completing your project with confidence!
Now, what will you do next to love where you live?