There is no shortage of homeowners today that are
handy at fixing electrical problems and plumbing messes
. But even if you fall into this category of skilled do-it-yourselfers, you may need some help planning and executing a plan to be efficient and cost-effective with your repairs - not to mention aware of safety issues that can effect you and your loved ones.
Have Clearly Defined Goals for the Completion of the Project
Have a clear vision of the desired outcome of the project. Much time can be saved by deciding on exactly what you want before commencing production on your project. For example, if you are remodeling a bathroom, you need to decide on whether or not you will be replacing the toilet, faucet and sink. Replacing any one or all of these can add significantly to the cost of the remodel. If the problem is plumbing then make sure you bring the same knowledge and training to a task that a professional plumber would. Tinkering with pipes, toilets and faucets as opposed to fixing them is a risk you really don't have time for. You should also know in advance if you will need to replace any fixtures, move a light switch or outlet, or do anything else that would require expertise in electrical.
Unlike dealing with
plumbing and wall restoration
, which could be messy, tinkering with fixtures and electrical wiring could kill you. Know what you want and you can plan for what you need.
Make a Plan for Repairs and Get Help!
Even small projects can be made infinitely more efficient with some careful planning. Having a realistic idea of how long the project will take and how much it will cost is the result of putting pen to paper to plan out exactly what you want, what you think you will need and getting estimates for the time and costs. Seek input from friends and family that work in the building trades or are more experienced than you at remodeling and home repair. You would be surprised at how many people that know more than you about will offer helpful advice or even help you with the repairs when asked.
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