When you're tackling something as emotionally and financially important as a home, it can be easy to lose perspective. But there are simple things you can do to remain on budget, from the muscle you hire to the bespoke touches.
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Renovating your home yourself can be a great way to build skills and sense of accomplishment or ownership. Research shows <a href="http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Publication%20Files/11-091.pdf" target=we value something more that we have partially built, than something bought outright. But as Lifehacker has suggested before, there are a few things you should consider before you take the DIY plunge -- not least whether the job is risky and you have the right tools. Let's take a look at 10 common reno jobs...
When renovating your home to add some value, experienced property investors like Patrick Bright suggest aiming for a $2 return for every $1 you spend. Depending on context, this isn't always possible. But if you are strategic with your resources -- money, time and effort, getting close isn't out of the question. Here are 10 things to keep in mind as your reno approaches.
We've been delving into renovation all week, but covering DIY is not a new experience here at Lifehacker HQ. Here's the most popular DIY-related posts we've ever run, based on post views since the beginning of 2008. It's a diverse mix of cool ideas; enjoy!
We mentioned a spirit level as a tool box essential earlier this week, and noted that this was now a function you can easily perform with your mobile phone. Here's a roundup of the (many) free apps available to turn your phone into a useful spirit level.
We're using Renovation Week to kick off our new Reno 101 column, a weekly look at tips and tricks for better DIY practice. And we're kicking off Reno 101 with a look at one of the most common tasks: painting.
We've mentioned a few beginner soldering guides on Lifehacker in the past, but if you're looking for something super-simple and easy to follow, you can't go wrong with this 7-page comic book.
No matter what renovation project you're planning, having the right set of tools is essential to getting the job done efficiently and safely. Here's our take on the essential items that every household needs.