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Planning additions and repairs for your home is a real time saver when it comes to doing the work, so take care to get the planning stage right. A new addition can be a new family room, another bedroom for the growing family, or a home office. Each use has requirements for electrical and plumbing which need the help of a professional. If it is a simple repair job you can get to work right away by doing some of the work right away. Here are some DIY projects you can do to cut costs on repairs.
Increasing the Size of the Home
Contact a contractor and an architect. Insist on putting up an addition that coordinates with the rest of the house. The siding must match the existing siding, the foundation should be similar to what is there, and the roof pieces should coordinate with the existing roof. You want the new foundation to lock into the old foundation, and you want the floors to be flush. Inside the new addition, ask for state-of-the-art electrical outlets and fixtures. Compile a number of lists earmarked for the local lumberyard’s departments. Arrange to have transportation of construction materials. Use your own truck, or borrow a friend’s. Many lumberyards now provide rentals to DIY people. If you planned the new addition right, the construction phase will go smoothly. Plan the entire remodel and repair beforehand to save a bundle on extra costs down the road.
Replacing the Toilet
The devil is in the details when it comes to repair jobs too. Toilet replacements are nothing to try to tackle lightly. Most toilets last for decades, and the rule of thumb is, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” On the other hand, if you want to reduce your water consumption, then by all means, replace the toilet. A toilet is simpler than it appears, but planning is essential. Check out new toilets you believe would work, and list them with their dimensions. Measure your existing toilet. You must install a toilet that measures the same distance from the floor bolts to the wall as the old toilet unless you are ambitious enough to move the plumbing pipes. Buy a toilet that both fits your remodeling and water consumption needs, and one that fits into the existing space. There are many makes and models of toilets, but buy one that fits the same distance from the wall. Plan ahead and use simple measurements to make a home repair like this possible on your own.
There are many other repairs you can attempt to do alone if you are looking to cut back on the costs like replacing lighting fixtures or adding them yourself to a new remodel. Putting in new tile or even simply painting the new walls. Try to find ways to do some of the home repairs yourself when it comes to remodeling and saving money. It is easy when you plan the entire process yourself.
Once you have decided on a replacement or type of repair, and have purchased all the needed materials for it, plan the entire process step-by-step to ensure success. When you plan every phase of an addition or a repair, the job is completed quickly and within your budget. The planning stage is essential to success.