A Positive Attitude will Save Time and Money on Home Maintenance
August 28, 2014
When embarking on home maintenance projects, a positive, can-do attitude will save you money, time, frustration-even injury. Bear these points in mind before you begin:
- Be upbeat. Don’t let wrinkles in the plan upset you. Negativity leads to defeatism. Keep your sense of humour even when your mired in a mess.
- Be calm. Having nervous energy and rushing through a job usually lead to mistakes or injuries.
- Be prepared. Read all instructions carefully on manufacturer’s packages where applicable and in helpful tips online or in books. Follow them to the letter. Collect all tools and gear that you need before you embark on your project.
- Be aware of the details. If you’re replacing a shingle, you’ll want to note how it fits into place. Take a photo or draw a diagram. When you put in the new piece you want it to fit just right. If you’re replacing a faucet, for example, notice the order in which the washers, screws, and other small parts are assembled and disassembled.
- Be creative. If you don’t have the tools or materials called for, find substitutes. If you’re replacing a brick, for example, and don’t have a brick jointer to shape the fresh mortar, use an ice cream stick or a spoon. Sometimes online and in books they suggest such alternatives, but if it doesn’t, come up with substitutes of your own. In most cases, the world won’t come to an end if you don’t have just the right tool.
- Be flexible. Sometimes one problem masks another, and you have to stop in the middle of a job to fix the underlying problem. If you’re patching a hole in a wall and discover a leaky pipe, fix the leak first, then return to the original job. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches later!
- Be safe. Most accidents occur when people are tired or in a hurry. Take your time, wear the proper safety equipment, know when to stop and do the job right.
- Be realistic. Many jobs require more time, money and skill than homeowners plan for. Leave yourself a cushion in all three areas and you’ll sidestep a lot of frustration.
- Finish what you start. As long as the tools and materials are out, finish up. Otherwise you’ll be looking at that unpainted window trim a year from now!
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