Merrillville, IN (PressExposure) November 05, 2008 -- DirectBuy, the leading members-only showroom and home design center, offers some helpful suggestions for deciding when to take on a home improvement projectâ¦or just leave it to the pros.
âTo steal a line from Shakespeare, to thine own self be true,â said Sara Shragal, of DirectBuy. âWhat that means is you have to be able to honestly assess your abilities, your temperament, your schedule and your standards. Are you able to do a job nearly as well as a professional? Can you accept that fact, from an aesthetic point of view? If youâre satisfied with your answers, then you have to get the tools and materials you need to do the job.â
Perhaps the most challenging part of deciding whether or not to take on home improvement project is determining your skill level. If youâre painting a room, it doesnât require a lot of skill and for materials you essentially need a brush or roller, bucket and some rags. Installing hardwood flooring is another story. Youâll probably need to have a power saw, sanders and nailers on hand and know how to competently use them.
Here are some basic guidelines or questions you need to ask before trying a home improvement project:
● Do you have the skill set needed to take on the project? BE HONEST! ● Do you have the tools needed for the project? If the project requires an expensive tool that you may never use again, you may want to rethink doing it yourself. ● Do you have the installation instructions and, most importantly, do you understand them?
If you answered âyesâ to those questions, you then need to make a further personal assessment on how the project will affect your life, both while undertaking the project and afterwards. For example:
● Do you have the time and patience to undertake this project? Guesstimate the time you think the project should take and then double it. If you can live with that, go forward. ● How will the project affect your family? Will you be done in a matter of hours, or will your family have to move around your project? ● Finally, what are your aesthetic standards? Can you live with âgood enough,â or do you want perfection? The last thing you want to do is take on a home improvement project and then have to call in a professional because you didnât like the results.
If you answered affirmatively to the above questions, DirectBuy can help you get the materials and tools you need for any do-it-yourself projectâe.g. nailers, sanders, painting supplies, flooring, tiling, and moreâall at prices direct from the manufacturers and their authorized suppliers. DirectBuy also employs product specialists and designers, so if a project is a bit out of your skill level or you donât have the time, you have professionals at your service who can get the job done.
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