Not everyone has hours of spare time to dedicate to DIY. Some people do DIY as a hobby on the weekends, meaning they have access to a large array of tools and ample amounts of experience. Others prefer to do DIY whenever necessary, meaning they’ll only rent out the tools or borrow them from friends when needed. This usually means that they aren’t too good with DIY and, as a result, it could take an entire evening just to set up a single shelf, wasting a lot of time that could be spent elsewhere. So in order to shave time off of your DIY projects, we’ve compiled a list of tips to follow and points to consider.
Budget before the project begins
It’s important to budget for your DIY plan before you undertake it. This is so that you don’t end up spending more money than you planned to, and it helps to ensure you have bought everything you need instead of running back and forth from the local hardware store. This can save you a lot of time in the long run and it doesn’t take much time to budget for your project.
Consider hiring or asking for help
DIY projects will always go faster with some experienced people helping you. Whether it’s asking a friend to help you paint a room or contacting assembly companies to help you put together a complicated piece of flat-pack furniture, asking for assistance should always be considered. However, if you can do something on your own, then you need to decide if it’s worth the time. Many DIY projects, especially ones that involve pre-bought furniture, usually tell you to set aside some time to complete the project. This is a rough estimate, but it’s usually a good idea to follow it and add on an hour if you’re inexperienced with DIY. If your estimated time to complete the project is far too long for your liking, then that’s when you need to call in some help from a friend or a company.
Plan out your project before reserving time
Before you clear your schedule to do some DIY work, make sure you’ve planned it all out. For instance, plan where you’re going to build a piece of furniture, plan where it will go and de-clutter the area so you have ample space to carry out your work. There’s nothing worse than running into complications halfway through your project, so don’t neglect the importance of proper planning no matter how small you think the job is.
Prepare a disposal plan
One of the most time-consuming things in DIY is cleaning up. If you don’t have a large bin to throw garbage away, a vacuum cleaner to deal with dust and some cleaning wipes to remove smudge marks, you’re going to find it difficult to add the finishing touches to your DIY project. If you plan to throw out existing furniture, then you may want to arrange for a rubbish pickup or something similar to help you take it out and get rid of it.