Which DIY jobs should you do yourself?


Which DIY jobs should you do yourself?

According to professional renovator Cherie Barber, Founder of Renovating for Profit, DIY projects can be a great way to keep costs down on a renovation.

But she does believe you have to be selective about what projects you DIY and which ones you outsource.

Other experts including Cathy Morrissey, Founder of The Reno Chick, says even the most inexperienced DIYer can still find ways to be productive when home renovating.

“You may, for example, be hopeless with a hammer but a gun with a calculator so play to your strengths and manage the reno budget,” Morrissey says.

Here are 5 of best ways to spruce up your property.

1. Clean

It isn’t glamorous but the first job of any home refurbishment should always been vigorous cleaning, Morrissey says. Don’t forget walls, skirting boards, ceilings and lights.

Don’t forget window dressings, including removing any redundant hooks and brackets left over from former curtain installations, says Natasha Dickins, Furniture Builder, DIY Expert and Founder of Little Red Industries.

“Get outside with a gurney and high-pressure hose your front driveway, any concrete, pavers, the front facade, the fence and then move inside to give every surface a really good once over,” Morrissey says.

“It’s so important to do this – anyone can do it – because you can then see what is broken, what needs fixing, to help you draft a ‘to do’ list of jobs.”

2. Preparation works

Save big bucks in labour costs by doing some of the prep work before any qualified tradespeople show up.

Perhaps you have solid timber floorboards under your current daggy carpet, which you’ll engage a specialist to sand and polish?

Save time and money by pulling up and removing the old carpet and sweeping the area, Morrissey suggests.

3. Paint

It’s one of the first things you learn at kindergarten, so there’s nothing to stop renovators from brightening their homes with paint.

Dickins says a range of paint products have made it easy to freshen up properties for low cost.

“Anyone can paint, be it concrete paving and driveway paint, garage door paint or metal fence paint, and it makes a huge difference,” Dickins says.

4. Outdoor working bee

Create a more welcoming space by refreshing your front yard, Barber suggests.

The same applies to any backyard area.

“Transform old paths or the concrete driveway with some simple additions of surrounding garden beds using old sleepers or rolled out turf,” she says.

Dickens agrees that tidying up your garden is one of the simplest ways to DIY.

“If you can afford a pair of scissors, just cut it (bushes) back and it will instantly look better,” she says.

5. Minor kitchen/bathroom tweaks

Budget friendly cosmetic changes are great options that will instantly improve the look of your home,” Barber says.

The kitchen and bathroom are great areas to focus on.  For the kitchen, brighten up the space with some laminate paint to refresh the bench tops or bench top resurfacing to revamp the space.”

Other ideas include buying a “grout pen” to apply fresh bathroom grout in bathrooms and replacing the covers on light switches, Dickins says.

“Light switches can tend to look manky and dirty after a while but are really easy to freshen up by just adding new plates – it doesn’t impact the wiring.”

DIY jobs you should avoid

Engage a qualified tradesperson for any property renovations or restorations involving:

  • Plumbing works
  • Electrical works
  • Structural works, including removing load-bearing walls
  • Installing kitchens
  • Sanding/polishing wooden floors, unless you are proficient with industry-grade machinery.

“Even if you are a competent handyman on the weekends, rather than take on a skilled project yourself to save money, some things are better left to the experts as you could actually end up devaluing your property,” Barber says.

This article was sourced from www.realestate.com.au

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