Thursday, February 11th, 2021

With homeownership comes the responsibility of taking care of your property. This can mean learning to do a lot of the projects and work involved yourself! What do you need to check off before your next (or first) DIY project?

Building Permits

Just because you own the land your home is on, doesn’t mean you can build whatever you like. This also means your neighbors can’t build a skyscraper in the front yard. But, if you want to build a shed, or a garage, or other out-building, you need to go and get a permit to build. Different cities and towns have restrictions on how close you can build to the edge of the property, or how high, or even what color your build can be, and you need to know those things in advance.

Protective Equipment

Whatever job you’re planning, it’s critical to wear the right protective gear. Whether that means safety glasses, steel-toed boots, or even a hard hat, depends upon what job you have in mind. Some jobs require easily reusable equipment, such a work gloves or boots. Others require specialized personal protection equipment, such as respirators or masks while working with chemicals. It’s unsafe to reuse a lot of protective equipment, so you should properly dispose of them when you’re done.

Know What Tools You Need

There’s little that’s more annoying than getting halfway through a project and realizing you need to buy or rent another tool or piece of equipment. Looking up what you’re going to be attempting, and getting expert advice is a good idea. Make sure all of your tools are in good working order. If necessary, many suppliers have day rentals for larger items. Make sure that you have all “small necessities” such as paint stirrers, drop cloths, drill bits, and sharp saw blades well in advance of beginning your project. Remember, well-kept tools not only make your project go more smoothly, but can help keep you safer, as they are less liable to have problems.

A good build is like following a recipe in the kitchen, and part of that is reading your ingredients in advance. DIY projects and be a lot of fun, if you do a little preparation in advance. Pretty soon you’ll be enjoying your new build and your new skillset!

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