Home-improvement projects are a great way to create the home of your dreams. As a single woman, you can make your home an expression of yourself in ways that wouldn’t be possible with a spouse. Your individuality is something you can embrace, cherish, and celebrate.
The tips I will suggest are relevant to just about everyone, whether single or coupled, female or male. Single women, though, have really come into their own as home buyers, and they often care a lot about creating a home they love, so I will focus on them. (If you’d like to create a gym in your home, you can find some advice about that online here.)
Many single women already know quite a lot about home improvement and could have written this article themselves. Others, though, have never even used a power drill. Even if you are in the second group, there’s no need to overpay someone to do something you could easily do with the right knowledge and resources.
1. Get some inspiration
A great way to start your home-improvement journey is to get inspiration from others who have successfully completed projects of their own. You can also inspect your home as if you were just seeing it for the first time. If you were buying a home, what improvements would you made?
If you don’t know where to start, here are a few ideas from DIY Network:
- Spend an hour with a pro (interior designer or realtor)
- Paint the exteriors and interiors
- Garden and plant trees
- Care for your lawn
2. Do your research beforehand
The first step to any project is understanding how to do it and what resources you’ll need to complete it. Before you rush into a new project, do some research on tips for that project. There are so many costly yet avoidable home-improvement mistakes that you’ll want to avoid at all costs.
If you’re about to paint your bathroom, consider researching common mistakes when painting your own bathroom. Before you start any project, make research your priority. Get inspiration and learn from others who have taken on a similar project.
3. Get the right tools for the job
Throughout your research, you’ll also want to be absolutely clear on what tools you’ll need to complete the project. Investing in the right tools will save you time, money, and lots of frustration.
For example, if you’re painting a bathroom, you’ll want to make sure to get painter’s tape, a roller, a tray, an angled paint brush, patch, heat gun, sandpaper, a flat-head screwdriver to remove electrical plates, a tarp for the floor, and semi-gloss or satin paint.
4. Know when it’s time to call a pro
Taking on projects yourself is great, but there are certain things that are just better left for the professionals. Instead of attempting to repair your HVAC system and expensive appliances, look into whether an appliance protection plan would work better. If it does, you may save yourself time and energy and can spend more time on the projects you can complete with confidence.
Emma Cook is a recent graduate and freelance writer from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is taking time to explore her passions and enjoys writing practical pieces that can inspire others. Her goal is to help others live their fullest lives and she strives to do so through writing. Emma grew up watching her father run a home-improvement business – he made home projects and renovations look easy. She also learned from her mother after she bought her own home and took on many repair and improvement projects.