Do the new sid­ing your­self? Gauge your skill level first

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSE -

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.

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