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Everything you need for your home improvement project

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Written by Nigel Simpkins

Doing your own home improvements can be a great way to improve your home, save money and take on rewarding projects. There are all kinds of projects that you can take on, plus these days you can find videos and guides online so you do not have to have any experience to get started. You do need to make sure that you have everything that you need before getting started, though, so read on for the basics that you will need for home improvement projects.


You should never start any kind of project without a plan in place as this is how things go wrong and spiral out of control. Before you pick up your tools, you need to create a general plan for how the project needs to unfold. This should include creative designs, accurate measurements and the order in which tasks must be completed.

In addition to a plan for the work, you also need to spend some time drawing up a budget. It is important to have a firm figure in mind for how much you are happy to spend before getting started and to research costs ahead of time. The costs of these projects can quickly snowball if you are not careful, so you need to plan your budget in advance as well. 


You do not want to get stuck into a project to suddenly find that you do not have the right kind of screwdriver. This is why you need to create a list of the tools that you will need for your project and then make sure that you have this in your toolbox. It will depend on the type of project that you are taking on, but a few basic tools that every homeowner should have include:

  • Screwdriver set
  • Hammer
  • Wrenches
  • Circular saw
  • Drill driver
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure

In addition to the tools, you will also want to make sure that you have the supplies and materials that are needed for your project as well (it is best to have more than what you need instead of not enough). 

Safety Gear

You must always consider safety when starting a home improvement project. This will involve making sure that you know what you are doing, using the right tools for the job and working in a safe environment. You should also have a PPE kit to keep you safe while working filled with items such as goggles, gloves, dust masks and anything else that you might need to protect yourself.

These are the key areas to focus on before you get started with your home improvement project. These projects can be good fun and a way to make big savings, but preparation will always be key to success.