How to Get Ahead with your DIY Project

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This article is Part 4 of 6 of
How to DIY:  Your Total Guide for DIY Directions that Really Work


You’ve checked your skills if they match your Do-It-Yourself project requirements.  The same goes for your budget and backup help.  You have already set up your monitoring and savings worksheets.  Assuming that the results of the above pre-DIY work are a resounding yes, then, you will now have at least a bucketful of confidence to go on with your vision of a rewarding do-it-yourself endeavor.  What’s next?  It’s time to gear up and prepare the materials for your DIY project to get going.  The same goes for DIY “services.”

DIY Materials

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Never buy DIY materials just because the look or price is tempting

Important words of caution here:  Jumping into the supplies bandwagon is a common DIY mistake and often leads to not a few good dollars going down the drain. Here’s why.

Getting the supplies is often the first thing that some people do whenever they think of doing a creative DIY project, skipping all the necessary planning and preparation steps we have outlined.   Why not?  Seeing nice fabrics on sale, some prints that perfectly match the baby room or new tile designs that will give second lease on life to the kitchen floor automatically prompts some people to think ‘DIY.”

Based on experience, it would be best to contain one’s excitement and imagination after stumbling upon what seems to be perfect DIY materials.  Below are some tips to get the most savings on money, time and effort when scouring for your supplies.

Tips for Getting the Best DIY Materials

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Buy from affordable DIY suppliers that support your savings goal, not fancy and expensive shops claiming to be DIY specialty stores

It’s a fact that some Do-It-Yourself supplies and materials can cost you huge sums of money.  Just survey some of the basic DIY items in some stores and shops and you might be surprised at how much it can cost you compared to just buying new ones or getting skilled service.  The difference is not that big.  Hence, deciding where to get your supplies and how much to pay for them are important steps as far as DIY savings is concerned.

A.   Look for “real” and affordable DIY stores and suppliers that supports your savings goal. We put emphasis on “real” because as we have explained, one of the real purposes of a DIY project is to save.  DIY stores with fancy items and price tags simply defeat that purpose.

B.   Expand your choices beyond DIY specialty centers or fancy arts and crafts stores.  Visit your good old hardware shops, landscaping and gardening suppliers, even auto spare parts and tire supplies.  You’ll never know what items you may find in these places that fits your DIY requirements.

C.   Don’t forget possible great finds near you.  Take a look at garage sales, moving out sales and swap meets.  Community markets, bargain markets, flea markets, even dollar stores and warehouse shopping clubs also make for good DIY supply haunts.

D.   But before you march to these sites, why not take a look first in your own garage or basement for really neat DIY supplies and materials that you do not have to buy at all?  Those unused cans of paints, red bricks and wood planks left from last year’s picket fence garden are just some of the possible saving surprises in your own yard.  Check out your study desks or home office, kitchen and even cabinet drawers for home supplies like staplers, glue, tapes, wall paper rolls, textiles, ropes and other handicraft tools.

The secret really is a keen eye for details in spotting items you need.  Of course, it pays that you already have an idea of the DIY job you are planning to do and the materials and supplies you need.

Once you’ve canvassed enough good and affordable stores and suppliers for your DIY projects, you can ditch those pricey DIY shops for good and focus back on getting big savings.

Want to learn how to treat your DIY project as an investment?
Read DIY Guide Part 3:  How to Manage and Take Control of your DIY Budget


Cannot decide between DIYing or hiring the pros?
DIY Guide Part 5: How NOT to DIY: Hiring Vs. Working On It


Got a DIY lesson or experience that you would like to add up to our learning bank?  Feel free to share them!

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By Nestor Gilbert

Senior writer for FinancesOnline. If he is not writing about the booming SaaS and B2B industry, with special focus on developments in CRM and business intelligence software spaces, he is editing manuscripts for aspiring and veteran authors. He has compiled years of experience editing book titles and writing for popular marketing and technical publications.

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