As the daughter of an architect dad and a DIY queen of a mother, I think I truly had no choice but to become a home enthusiast. From growing up watching my parents demo and redo every room in our childhood home to taking on home projects of my own in my 20-something life, I’ve collected a few rules to live by over the years …
1. Be smart, not scared. Checklists … timelines … whatever method helps you get in gear and realistically plan your project, use it! The more planning you do upfront, the better off you (and your budget) will be.
2. Know your limits. Tackling a project DIY-style, while ignoring that little voice inside your head screaming to call a professional, often can result in a loss of time, money and patience. Know your limits, which change over time, and reassess before each project. Honestly ask yourself, “Can I do this?”
3. Stay organized. Outline your budget in a spreadsheet. Keep a file for all estimates and receipts. Staying on top of your plans and expenses helps keep your head on straight and blood pressure down.
4. Ask questions. Take advantage of your electrician/plumber/tile guy (or gal!). Tell them that you value their knowledge and use it as an opportunity to learn. Always ask with a smile. No one likes a stick in the mud.
5. Laugh at yourself. The world will not end with one plumbing setback. Learn from it and move on.
Whether going after a weekend home project or a major overhaul, the unexpected always rears its ugly face. Just remember to think smart, stay calm and keep your eye on the finish line.
— Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life
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