DIY Remodeling Tips You Need to Know

Undertaking a home remodeling project is a big job that requires considering a lot of minute details–from planning, demolition, materials, and ultimately, creating. Depending on where and what you are remodeling, you may eventually have to deal with the plumbing system–whether through pipes, valves, and hoses, or fixtures, or all of the above. DIY remodeling can involve a lot of planning and labor, so it is important to understand the scope of the project before you begin. Even a seemingly simple project can turn very complex very fast. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind for your next remodeling project.


Understand Your DIY Skills

The most important thing about any DIY project is being realistic about your skills. For remodeling part of your home, it is important to recognize where your limits are and when it may be more cost and time effective to call a professional. Some projects may be more reasonable to take on yourself while others may be more professional in scope. Knowing how far you can go with a project with the skills you have is important to managing your budget and preventing excessive costs from having to have mistakes fixed professionally.

Update the Small Things

Effective remodeling doesn’t always have to be a huge demolition project. Changing things like hardware and fixtures like faucet handles and showerheads can be a great way to improve the look and feel of the space without undertaking high costs and complex carpentry or plumbing work. Even updating light fixtures can be a great way to improve the look of the space without involving a large budget or specialized skills.

Refinish Existing Items

To help save money and make the project more manageable, consider refinishing existing things like bathtubs, showers, sink, and tile. Doing this means that you save money on remodeling and don’t have to deal with a construction site for a bathroom for weeks. Depending on the condition of these items and the thoroughness of the job, this can still be a serious undertaking, but in refinishing you won’t have to make any replacements to plumbing systems or fixtures.

Make the Project Energy Efficient

Maximizing your investment in the remodel is important and one of the ways to do that is by incorporating energy efficient design elements such as installing energy efficient bulbs, low flow showerheads, dual flush toilets, and other items that can make your space overall more efficient than it was before the remodel. In the best case scenario you will create a great new look and make the space a little more energy efficient.