How to save money & time on your DIY shed?
There are plenty of reasons why people around the world are taking matters into their hands when it comes to building and fixing things around the home, growing vegetables and making their own cleaning supplies. Most people simply want to save money by doing simple jobs on their own, while others want to be sure that what they eat, drink or use is exactly what it is supposed to be.
This is why there has been a surge in popularity of do it yourself websites and videos. People are tired of overpaying for sloppy workmanship and a lack of professionalism and would prefer to do it themselves.
If you are ready to join the army of do it yourselfers, here are a few tips to help you save money and time on building your shed.
One of the most important things in a DIY arsenal is tools. Don’t go out and spend thousands of dollars on dozens of power tools all at once. Instead slowly add to your tool shed as your projects require them. Building a shed will require quite a few tools, but if you don’t have loyalty to a specific brand you will be best served by bargain shopping. Those so-called deals on all-inclusive kits will cost a ton of money and may end up unused for a long time before you need some of them.
Consider Solar Panels
If your shed will do more than store items you will need electricity to light the room and charge tools. Instead of adding to your electricity bill, add a few solar panels to your shed and they will pay for themselves time and again. In fact you can tie into the electrical grid in your area and sell your excess energy to the power company…let them pay you for a change.
Additionally many states offer rebates on green energy like solar panels.
One thing that first-time do it yourselfers learn is that being frugal is not always a good thing. Of course you want to save money, but if you use substandard materials you will end up paying more in repair costs in the end.
For example if you live in a place with tons of rain and wind, you want to use building materials that will stand up to the elements. Paying a little bit more for materials will not only save you money in repairs, but it will ensure the structure remains standing for years to come. Substandard materials will eventually look haggard and reflect poorly on the rest of your property.
As you build your shed you will slowly learn, through trial and error, where you can save money and where it is best to spend a bit more. Don’t worry about the mistakes you’ll make, because you will make them; instead focus on learning from those mistakes to become a better builder.