Things to take into account before even considering starting your DIY project.
1. Am I capable of finishing a job like this? , or should I consider placing some of their work out to contractors?. I have very often been requested to rectify the chaos left by somebody taking on more than they could deal with, or not having taken the proper advice. .Unless you’re planning to carry out the job in many phases, make certain you have enough funds to complete the job.
Always allow a contingency fund, for if, and if things go wrong. Each product or service should be accurately costed, do not guess, you can bet it is going to be incorrect (usually underestimated). Permit for instrument hire fees where necessary, and the delivery prices for larger items.
2. Do you have enough time to complete the job? If it’s an outdoor job that always allows for the weather, it may rain or become too cold for days or weeks on end.
If the building inspector must be involved, do not assume that a telephone call will bring them running, they are busy people, and frequently don’t understand what they have Don’t believe that your delivery is going to be the first of the day, even in the event that you were told it’ll be, or even if it’ll Always assume the worst, and you won’t go far wrong. This may sound daft, but frequently I have been called out to scenarios where the individual has lost interest in the job. To call someone in is o.k., provided that you can find someone at this short notice, as a way to cover what they want. They will be quoting a low price if they see you are in trouble.
3. Are all of the tools that you intend to use in proper working order, and capable of doing the job? Have you got spare blades and drill bits? , they generally break or go off at the most inopportune moment. If you’re planning to hire any equipment, book the product well ahead of time. “sorry sir/madam, that instrument was hired out this morning”, isn’t what you would like to hear when you arrive in the hire shop.
4. Make appropriate accurate plans for the job and the work program. Draw a plan to scale (1:50 is generally good). Check that what you need to do will work inside the area you have allowed. If the building inspector is to be involved, you might need to submit more detailed plans for approval before starting. If you’re not sure, then contact the regional planning officer for information, they are generally very helpful.
5. If your friends have stated that they will help, establish that they can really do the job you will need them to, and they will be accessible for the “Sorry mate, I have got to take the children swimming”, or any other trite excuse is often the situation when it really comes down to doing something!
6. Discuss your plans with those around that they’re contented with your planned program. If you begin refitting the kitchen on the weekend your spouse had arranged a dinner party, then look out!
7. Work out a detailed schedule of functions, allowing time for things to go wrong. Time, like money, can run out quickly when you are under pressure. If you leave the household with no toilet overnight, things could get really ugly. You don’t need to be held up waiting for parts, neither do you need bulky materials from the way until you really want them.
8. Prior to starting, check that any contractors you have lined up will continue to be available.
9. Check that your works aren’t likely to involve gasoline, oil, or electric (moving pipes and wires ) that you’re not qualified to perform. Check every area of walls where you’re going to be working are not hiding any pipes or wires, (a stud finder can be helpful here but not always 100%
10. Check you could find all of the isolator taps, and they work. Check the exterior stop tap is also functioning, and that it only turns off the supply to your website. Ensure you are able to get to the outside stop faucet, (they can be quite deep). If you can not reach, get yourself a tool out of your DIY shop that will do the job. Whether this tap won’t shut down, you’ll have to contact your regional water authority for them to come and replace it, (do not worry, it’ll be at their cost). In case you must involve the water power, then be ready for a lengthy wait.
11. Check Your first aid box, and your fire extinguisher is equally full
12. Once all this is completed, you should be prepared to begin, but take your time, enjoy the experience, and be proud of your accomplishment, even if you have just