With the New Year comes new plans and new projects. Whether you are an old hat at DIY projects or this is the first time you will be doing it yourself, knowing where to start and what you need can be difficult.
It will come as no surprise that different projects will have to be completed using different skills with the use of different materials, different tools, and the production of different waste. Each project will also have different timeframes. Treating your projects the same could end in disaster, so it is always a good idea to plan them out before starting.
Read on for some tips from your local skip and aggregate provider on planning your DIY projects in 2022.
Do some research
Before really diving into your project, do some research around it. Talk to friends who have done the same or something similar, listen to their experiences and make some notes. Read up about what it is you are trying to do and the best ways to do it, maybe even watch a few YouTube videos on some parts of the project.
Save all the information in one place so that you can refer back to it as you go through your project.
Lists will become your best friend. They will help you keep track of your project. Make a list of the materials you need, their prices, the quality you need and availability.
Make a list of any extra people you will be using and their skills. Write a list of deadlines you need to stick to as this will help keep your mind focused.
It is also often worth making a list of any risks or things that might go wrong throughout your time working on the project. This way you can keep an eye on certain things, ensuring everything is being done to avoid a disaster, and you will be prepared if something does go wrong.
Order one extra and order in advance
When you are ordering your materials, order one extra. For any materials that are a vital part of your project, try and order extras. This way you have an allowance for something to go wrong and it won’t mess up the rest of your project. This will save you time, effort, stress and money.
And don’t stress if you don’t get to use those extras. You can always sell them, or pass them on to someone who needs that particular material. If you have space, you could keep them for an emergency in the future. Future you will appreciate the forward planning. And if neither of those options are viable, then why not use it to create a smaller DIY project?
You should also order in advance of needing the material. That way when you need it, you have it and won’t have to wait for it to be delivered, or worse wait for it to be back in stock.
If you are looking to order concrete for your project, AMS has various concrete services to help keep your project running smoothly. If you are local to our concrete batching plant, you can use our ready mix concrete collection service, this is perfect for smaller amounts of concrete and will work if you are uncertain of the exact date the concrete will be needed.
To arrange a concrete delivery, or to discuss your concrete requirements, call our friendly team on 01202 579579.
Create a timeline
Once you have ordered your materials, it is a good idea to create a timeline of when they will all arrive. In the same timeline you could then start adding in any deadlines that you have.
Creating a timeline will help you get an overall view of your project. It can help you figure out the order that everything will need to be done in and when you aim to have them done by.
Seeing this will also allow you to figure out when and what waste you may have while completing your project. You can then plan the removal of the waste so that you aren’t losing precious time or space waiting for it to be taken away.
This is something that AMS can help with. If you are managing a small DIY project our skip bags might be the perfect waste collection service for you. We can provide a skip bag for any type of waste from your project; from garden waste to plasterboard waste or even concrete waste. Our skip bags can hold up to a tonne of waste and we offer a collection service where we can collect a full skip bag from any BH postcode.
Alternatively, if you are working on a slightly bigger project that will produce more waste, we can also provide skips for a variety of waste types too.
Our online shop makes it easy for you to order a skip bag or skip; when doing this you will be able to select when you want it delivered and when you want it collected. If you are unsure which skip or skip bag you might need, call our expert team on 01202 579579.
Divide the project into stages
Once you have a timeline of events for your project, divide it into stages. This will help you stay focused on what needs to be done in the here and now, and not get carried away with the future of the project.
Breaking the project up into stages will also encourage you to stick to a budget as you can prioritise what materials you need, what external help you might need and any other expenses that might crop up during the project.
While doing this, it is also a good idea to ask yourself “can I afford to stall for some time?” Using the answer to this, start to build a back up plan in case something doesn’t quite go to schedule.
AMS want to help
If you are planning a DIY project in 2022 and think we could help out, then give our knowledgeable and friendly team a call on 01202 579579 to discuss what you need. We are always happy to help.
Alternatively you can shop now or pop us an email if you have any additional questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.