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Do-It-Yourself Home Remodeling

Do-it-yourself home remodeling is on the definite increase!

Whether it is the inability to sell their home in todays tough economic and credit climate or just a reluctance to go through the painful process of moving, more and more people are staying in their current home. And because they are staying put, more people are looking to upgrade or update their living space through do-it-yourself home remodeling projects.

If you are one of these people, here are some things you should know.

Do-It-Yourself Home Remodeling Quick Tip 

Paint is your friend!

Paint can take a room and completely change its look and feel in a matter of hours. A new coat of paint is a cost effective way to keep you up-to-date even if you can’t change your furnishings.

Consider a paint style that does not require a lot of special technique unless you have the time and patience to practice it. Prime your walls first if you are going from darker to lighter or one bold color to a different bold color.

Paint can even update old furniture. Again just remember to prepare your surface so your paint job looks good.

Go with a color one shade lighter on the color card than your ultimate color. Paint on a large surface always seems to be more colorful than that little square on the card.

Be bold! Don’t be shy! Live with it a little while and if you don’t like it, you can always paint over it and try again.

What Is Your Boldest Paint Job? 

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Do-It-Yourself Home Remodeling May Not Be As Easy As It Seems 

You’ve watched the shows. It looked easy when the guy/gal on TV did it. So why doesn’t mine look or fit the way theirs did?

I went to the store and asked the person in that department what to do. They told me in great detail. So what was Step 6 again? And how much time and gas is it going to take to go back to the store for the xxxth time to ask?

If you are planning to do any do-it-yourself home remodeling and have not done this type of project before you would benefit greatly from having a professional beginners remodeling guide that will walk you through the steps you need to complete each task.

A big bonus would be if this guide also had videos that you could watch, re-watch and back up as needed to get the job done. Even better if the guide and videos cover all parts of your home, not just one room.

Do-It-Yourself Home Remodeling May Benefit from Some Professional Input 

Are you planning to do some of the work yourself but feel more comfortable having a professional do certain parts? That is perfectly fine. Do not feel that you have failed as a do-it-yourselfer.

You should still save money as long as you consult with the professional you plan to use before you start any aspect of the project. You will want to do this so you can make sure that your ideas of the remodeling project mesh with theirs.

Also this way you can make sure you do not do any work that the professional would have to undo to complete their part of the project. This prior consultation can again save you money, many hours and much frustration.

Using professionals does not always guarantee a hassle-free project. Do you know what to do when a contractor you’ve hired doesn’t show up?

Handyman Price List

Any handyman can benefit from using the Handyman Price List. Imagine being able to give customers a flat rate on all repair projects in a home. No more guesswork.

I know when I started my handyman business there was nothing out there that helped me with my pricing. I was actually kind of lost. I had no clue what to charge my customers for the projects in their homes. Well, after years of figuring out what worked and what didn’t I started to get an idea of what I could charge for various repairs and improvements in a house. I got tired of trying to come up with a new price on every job so I started recording how long jobs were taking and what I was charging for each.

I began to have a nice size list of all the repairs I was doing in homes and flat rates that I was charging for each one. My customers loved the flat rates because some of the other handymen they used in the past just had an hourly rate. It’s a little scary to hire someone for an hourly rate when you don’t really know how long they are going to take. However, when you can give the customer a flat rate before you start the job it makes everything so much more simple, and the risk isn’t on the customer anymore. They like that.