If you’re renovating or remodeling your home, you may have assumed that you need to leave most jobs to the professionals. There are certain tasks that are best avoided by amateurs, but if you’re keen to get your hands dirty and muck in, there are plenty of things you can do to save money and speed up the process.
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Clearing the site
This may sound like a dull job, but it’s guaranteed to move the project along, and if you’re prepared to exert some elbow grease, you could also save on labor costs. If you’re tearing out old kitchen or bathroom units or you’re planning an extension, there may be things you need to get rid of and spaces to clear before any building or remodeling work can begin. If you are eager to get involved, make sure the site is safe before you start. If the builders are part way through tearing down walls, it’s a good idea to speak to them first. If it is safe to proceed, it may be a good idea to wear a helmet and some sturdy boots.
Plastering and painting
If you’ve ever watched a plasterer at work, you’ll know that there’s a certain amount of skill and artistry involved. However, if you want to accelerate the project and you fancy yourself as a bit of plastering guru, you may want to give it a go. You’ll find all the tools you need at sites like Plasterers1StopShop, and you can watch video tutorials and read step by step guides online. If you try your hand at DIY plastering, and it doesn’t look brilliant, you can always call in an expert. Once the walls are plastered, you can turn your attention to painting or papering. When you’re looking at color samples and paint charts, take some testers home with you and try them on the wall, as the shade can look very different to the way it does on a sticker or tab. Once you’ve chosen the color, prepare the wall by sanding it and giving it a quick wipe with a damp cloth. Use a roller to cover large areas and a brush to go round sockets and window frames. In most cases, you’ll need at least two coats. It’s important to wait until the first coat dries to get started with the second layer.
Tiling is an arduous, time-consuming job, but if you’re keen to help out, this is a task you can do provided that you’ve got the right tools and equipment. Make sure you use instruments to maintain straight lines, and plan in advance. This is particularly important if you’re creating a pattern or design.
If you’re in the midst of a home remodel or makeover, you may be wondering how you can help out and save yourself a bit of time and money. There are many jobs that should be left to the professionals, but there are also tasks that you can get your teeth into without risking life and limb.