5 important tips for the DIY renovator

Of course, just a splash of paint in a few places, or a bit of grout here and there, and voila, your home will be like new again.

Dream on, say most reno experts. Anyone who has ever undertaken a renovation project on their own knows that renovations are not quite as simple as that. Unlike the magic of television shows, often the process is drawn out and full of surprises along the way.

Here are some top tips for aspiring do-it-yourself renovators:

Understand the project

Make a plan and find out what it takes to accomplish it before you start. Read the manuals, get the right tools, and measure, measure, measure.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Often DIY renovators start off on ambitious projects and then realize they cannot complete it until they are halfway through. Start small and complete each reno, before starting a new one.

Call on friends

More hands make lighter work. For bigger projects, enlist friends who can help get the job done. Make sure they know exactly what they’re coming for so there are no surprises on reno day.

Think long term

Are you tempted to forgo the dining room update to make room for an 85-inch TV? Look ahead and plan renovations that will still work in five years’ time. Often what makes sense now can change, especially for new homeowners starting a family.

Call the experts

Some renovation projects are best left to the experts. Roofing work, re-sizing a room, or re-doing a bathroom, are all critical renovations that can impact the structural integrity of a home. Leave these projects to the experts and maintain your peace of mind.

Proper planning is crucial. A DIY renovation is a true commitment and you need to start off on the right foot to see it through.

Looking for more tips?

The GTA Home + Reno Show has experts on site who can advise the best options for your particular needs. Make sure you bring your floor plan, pictures of your current space, or even magazine clippings of your design inspiration so they can steer you in the right direction.

The GTA Home + Reno Show will be held this year from February 12 to 15 at the International Centre in Mississauga

For more info on the show check out www.gtahomeandrenoshow.com.

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Scott Bartley

Avid DIYer and part of the Toronto Home Shows Marketing Team.

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