For every successful DIY project, there is another languishing in limbo. There are some common denominators professional design and organizational experts say cause the failure of a do-in-yourself project. Luckily, design expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault says there are ways to overcome obstacles and complete a project that will make you proud.
Lack of Research
Many people jump right in on the idea a project is simple, only to quit when it isn’t. According to Financesonline.com, research is incredibly important. After all, DIY projects aren’t as easy and the hardware store commercials make them out to be. There may be skills and tools required. Researching will also give you a realistic look at the money and time that will be involved.
Lack of Skills
Many people think cutting a board or using a drill is easy because they watch professionals on television that make it look easy. So, they plunge into a project without having necessary the knowledge. The result is disastrous. Be honest with yourself about your skills. If you honestly don’t have a necessary skill set required, take a night or weekend class. Many hardware stores offer free classes in a number of areas.
Budget Is Set Too Low
For some reason, people think DIY equates to super cheap. While it can be less expensive to do a project yourself rather than hire it out, there is a cost. The cost largely depends on the materials and tools required. If you are new to improvement projects, you will likely need to invest a considerable amount of money into tools for your first project. Also, buy extra of some of the most important items. It will save you from running to the store later in the middle of the project.
People Set Unrealistic Expectations
The blog TealandLime.com states unrealistic expectations are key in losing motivation. People set out to do a complicated project and envision it to look a certain way. They quit when it doesn’t come out exactly that way. The blogger suggest you create a list of your top expectations from the project, then set goals to meet expectations. Then, check off goals as they are met.
Lack of Time Management
This is probably the biggest killer of DIY dreams, according to Perrault. Perrault said those who don’t plan for adequate time to complete a project find themselves past their deadline, out of energy and left with an uncompleted project.
A way to avoid this problem is to spend the week before your project separating your tasks into manageable segments, arranging for tools, equipment, and materials. Then plan your project days with realistic goals. Sticking to your goals will propel you to finish.
The planning process is dependent on detailed lists. Notes reminding you of safety issues will also ensure everyone makes it through your project without injury.
Following this basic advice will not only make sure you have a successful project, but also will make the time spent on your project more enjoyable.