What’s your house hiding?
First-time homeowner Bill Douglas and his wife had budgeted $3,000 a year for home maintenance. Yet, during their first year of homeownership, their maintenance costs ended up being close to $20,000. All year long, hidden expenses kept surprising the unsuspecting couple.
First, was the cost of lawn care, with almost $300 going towards their yard every month. Next, they had to spend $8,000 on a new air conditioner, and another $900 to repair broken gutters. Bill also had to dish out almost $10,000 on a backup generator.
Hidden expenses are a part of owning a home. Luckily, simply DIY projects make homeownership affordable for new homeowners like Bill and his wife. Read on to learn the 3 most important steps to take for any of your at-home DIY projects.
Simply DIY Project Steps
As you get ready to start your simply DIY project, you’ll want to kick-off your savings by using the resources you already have. One of the best ways to save money on home maintenance is by spending less on materials and labor.
Here are the 3 steps you should always take for home improvement projects:
- Talk to friends and family members
- Always compare prices
- Save leftover materials
Let’s start by looking at how your friends could help you save time and money.
1. Ask Friends for Help
Be a resourceful homeowner by reaching out to family, friends, and neighbors, at the start of your home improvement project. For example, let’s pretend you’re DIY project is to repaint the entire interior of your home. Instead of rushing on to the store to buy paint trays, and rollers, check with your friends first to see if they have any extra ones laying around.
Next, ask friends who have experience with painting, if they have any advice for the first time. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family members for their help in completing the project. Oftentimes fellow homeowners will be happy to share their hard-earned knowledge with you.
2. Compare Prices for Project Materials
After borrowing tools and materials from family and friends, go ahead and create a thorough list that includes every item you still need. Once you have your list you can begin visiting local hardware stores to compare prices.
To save time, you can also compare prices online. Shopping online is helpful if you’re purchasing tools, materials, or if you need to buy appliance parts. You should also explore online for coupons and specials.
3. Keep Leftover Supplies
Finally, once you finish your DIY home improvement project, save your materials. While you might not see any use for your materials now, later on down the road they could come in handy.
You should even save small materials like leftover screws, bolts, and nuts. To help keep your leftover materials in place, go ahead and purchase a few plastic organizers.
Asking for Help with Home Projects
Now you know more about how to save money on simply DIY home improvement projects. Reaching out to friends and family members for help and advice is the number one way you’ll save on any home project. When it comes time to ask for help completing your project, we suggest you be as direct as possible.
Let your friends know what your home project is, when you need their help, and how long you’ll need their help. When you communicate directly with your friends you’re more likely to receive clear answers about whether or not they can help.
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