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3 ways to start a home project

Proper organization of ideas, time frame, resources and equipment needs will help keep your home project on schedule.

The proper way to handle a construction project might be to leave it to the pros, but some adventurous weekend home repair warriors will always insist on taking on the tasks alone. The hardest part of any project is getting started. The second hard part is finishing. Here are a few tips to help keep your DIY on track.

1. The proper tools

Whether renting or purchasing equipment and tools for construction projects, you’ll need the right tools to get the job done. Assess your need from beginning to end before you start. Remember to include protective eye and ear gear. Do your research and make sure you have the tools you need before you begin.

2. The proper skills

The best way to approach a project is to know your limitations. If you’re knocking down a wall, do you know how it will affect the entire structural safety of the building? If working on an electrical appliance, do you have the expertise to do any rewiring that might be needed? Consulting an expert before you begin can save the cost of repairs.

3. The proper paperwork

Taking on a construction job can be hazardous to your health, so municipalities and other governing entities typically regulate practices associated with handling and removing materials from construction sites. To ensure one follows the law, a homeowner needs to research what types of permits are necessary before beginning a job. Depending on the location, permits can range from structural and mechanical to plumbing and electrical. Those documents ensure a responsible party will meet health, safety and structural standards necessary for a long-term inhabitable building. Mangling an electrical system can become a fire danger as well as a costly repair job. Improper work on plumbing could sabotage future inspections. Always check for permit requirements. And make sure you can meet them.

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