Do the new siding yourself? Gauge your skill level first
If youʼve decided to tackle your home renovation on your own, youʼre not the only one. The do-ityourself market is vast and growing, and this segment of consumers is savvier and more skilled than ever.
A leading North American manufacturer and distributor of premium residential and commercial siding, supplies the ʻdo-it-yourselfʼ market. The company provides the following simple and cost-cutting tips for todayʼs do-it-yourselfer:
* Identify your project and budget. Sometimes a home needs repair from unexpected weather damage, but many times homeowners are simply seeking an updated look. Determine what you want to accomplish and how much you are able to spend before beginning a project. Mapping out goals will keep your project on time and on budget.
* Purchase quality products. DIY projects will always save you money - if you invest in quality products and proper tools. For exterior projects, research manufacturers who offer siding panels and accessories specifically designed for your type of renovations.
* Gauge your skill level and time commitment. Try not to get in over your head. Make sure you have enough time committed to the particular project and address any issues that may fall outside of your skill set. Research techniques that you are not familiar with, or account for outside help if the need arises.
* Seek advice. Donʼt go into your DIY project blind. Make sure you talk to others who are handy around the house. Not every piece of advice is worthwhile, but you can always learn from the experience of others. Ask for advice on brands and techniques, and be open-minded.