DIY Renovations & Renovating For Profit

DIY Renovations & Renovating For Profit

Renovating your home or an investment property can be a great way to add significant value and make a profit, but it needs to be done in such a way that you don't spend too much money on unnecessary items. You can also save a lot of money by doing some or all of the renovation yourself. An important thing to keep in mind, however, is that it sometimes can be more cost effective to employ a professional to do certain jobs rather than rely on your own DIY renovation skills.

  1. Plan Each Renovation Job Before You Start Work        Add Comments
    With a lot of DIY renovations time is money and this is even more relevant when you are renovating for profit. Therefore I suggest sitting down before starting the renovation job and thoroughly thinking about what needs to be done, what problems you may encounter and exactly what tools and materials you will need to complete the task. Then before you start make sure that you have everything that you will require. This small process will save you wasting a lot of time going back and forth to local hardware store or shop.
  2. Reduce Energy Bills By Insulating Hot Water Pipes        Add Comments
    If you are using copper water pipes on your home renovation then you should make sure that you place insulation around all of the hot water lines. These preformed foam tubes are easy to fit around the hot water pipes and will help to reduce the amount of money that you spent on your energy bill later on.
  3. Cheaper Alternative Building Materials Will Save You Money        Add Comments
    When performing DIY home renovations or renovating for profit you must always be on the lookout for cheaper alternatives that still work just as well as more expensive building materials. A few such alternatives include PVC water pipes because there are significantly cheaper and easier to install, imitation stone benchtops, fibreglass bathtub and carpet instead of floating floorboards.
  4. Add Value To Your Home With DIY Landscaping        Add Comments
    When it comes to landscaping around the house this is something that can add lots of value to the house that you are renovating if it is done properly. The other good thing about this ideas is that it is relatively easy for everyone to save money by doing their own landscaping or simply fixing up the garden area to look neat and tidy.
  5. Painting The House Can Save You Money        1 Comments
    Painting your house inside and out is a quick and easy DIY home renovation that can add a lot of value to your property. You can actually save a lot of money if you do the painting yourself, which is normally fine for the outside of the house and the interior walls. However, it may be a good idea to get a professional to paint the ceilings of the house which may be too much for an inexperienced painter. Painting a ceiling correctly is a difficult task and a professional painter will use a spray gun to get it right, however, always ensure that they back-roll it with a roller in order to give the ceiling an even looking finish.
  6. How To Learn Good Handyman Skills For Free        Add Comments
    You can learn good handyman skills for free from quality tradesmen by offering to be their labourer for particular jobs. This way the next time that you need to do some home renovation work you will be able to do it yourself for a fraction of the cost of employing a professional tradesman.
  7. Best Place To Get Do-It-Yourself Knowledge        Add Comments
    You will find that the manager or permanent staff at your local hardware store can be a very useful source of do-it-yourself knowledge. Obviously they have an interest in telling you the best and most efficient ways to do certain renovation tasks so that you buy more products and tools from them, so keep on their good side by always making your purchases from their hardware store.
  8. Soften Hard Paint Brushes Instead Of Buying New Ones        Add Comments
    To soften paint brushes that have hardened since your last DIY renovation you can simply soak them for an hour in hot vinegar. Doing this can save you money on your renovation because you will not have to buy new paint brushes every time that you start a new painting job.
  9. How Best To Remove Paint Odours From Inside Rooms        Add Comments
    Depending on the type of paint that you use on your interior walls there can be a distinct paint smell and odour hanging around for days. If you want to use the room again quickly you can remove the paint smells and odours by simply placing a few bowls of water in the room and then every 3 hours pour the water out and replace it with fresh water.
  10. Cleaning Before Painting Is Very Important        Add Comments
    If your DIY renovation requires you to paint walls that are mouldy or have dirty wooden surfaces then it is extremely important that you clean all of the surfaces properly first. If you do not clean mouldy walls with either baking soda or a commercial cleaning product like liquid sugar soap then the mould will simply come back through the new paint after a short period of time.
  11. How To Remove Scratches From Perspex        Add Comments
    If you have scratches in anything that is made of perspex around your house then you can remove the scratches with nail polish remover. Simply add some nail polish remover to a clean cloth or pad and wipe over the scratch in the same direction with quick, light strokes. Do not, however, leave the cloth or pad on the perspex for any length of time as the nail polish remover will dissolve it completely.

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