Whether you’re looking to start a home renovation or solve a last-minute do-it-yourself crisis, it’s best to be prepared for both the inevitable and the unavoidable. Being organized and ready will save you money in the long run and will also relieve anxiety attributed to a big change or unforeseen accident. 

Follow these two tips to ensure that the next time you need to do some handy work or repairs, you’re fully prepared for a stress-free project from start to finish. 

  1. Make a plan before you start. Sure, you can do a DIY project on the whim, but for larger-scale projects, be sure you have a plan, so you have a better sense of what needs to be done and you can avoid unwanted surprises. If you don’t have a blueprint of what you’re looking to renovate, you may end up living in a disaster zone for a lot longer than you need to.  
  2. Plan for forever, not for right now. You might think to paint your room yellow because you’re currently feeling tropical, but come a few years – or even months – that may not seem like such a good choice. Consider a universal design and use adaptable features wherever possible. That way, in the future, any change you make to your home doesn’t have to be drastic, which will help you save time and money.