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As DIY blogs and countless home improvement and flipping shows only grow in popularity, more and more “regular” folks are making their own attempts at doing their next home improvement projects themselves. And while a DIY project is certainly not for everyone, you may want to consider a few of the key benefits before you decide whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

Save money on labor.
Easily the most obvious benefit of doing something yourself is that you save yourself on costs of paying someone else to do it for you. Depending on the size of your project, cutting professional laborers out of the equation can save you close to half of what you would have spent on the final project otherwise. And if your project is a fairly large one, such as adding a deck in your backyard or replacing the tiles in your kitchen floor, then doing it yourself can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. While a DIY project will definitely save you money, one thing that it won’t save you is time – but if you’ve got a couple hours in the evenings to research your project and a few extra weekends to spare as well, then tackling a DIY project will show obvious rewards in your pocketbook.

Unleash your inner artist.
Taking on a DIY project means that you are responsible for every single decision regarding the aesthetics of your desired outcome. You get to pick your own colors, your own materials, but most importantly, your own design. And while you might take inspiration from a variety of sources and listen to recommendations from a variety of others, the finished product is always a creation that is entirely your own. The end result is always one of a kind, and usually something that started within the depths of your very own imagination. Even those who are tempted to say “But I’m not an artist,” or “I’m just not creative,” no longer have any excuses – the immense popularity of DIY projects means you can find literally thousands, if not tens of thousands, of tutorials across the web that show you, step-by-step, how to do virtually any home improvement project that you can think of – simply add your own twist to any project and make it your own.

Impress your friends (and yourself).
When someone compliments you on a feature or accent of your home, doesn’t it just feel better to be able to say you did it yourself, rather than simply telling them where you bought it or which company you hired to install it for you? There is simply something about completing a project from start to finish, with your very own two hands, that gives you a sense of satisfaction unlike any other feeling in the world – especially if you were originally the type of person who thought you didn’t have the time or the artistic skills to accomplish it. And while everyone loves compliments from others, the biggest reward will almost certainly be the confidence that you gain in yourself – the fact that you achieved something that you weren’t even sure you could do, and the knowledge that you can now take on anything.

If you are in the Miami area and are thinking about taking on a DIY project yourself, then your first stop should always be to Shell Lumber & Hardware, located at 2733 SW 27th Ave in Miami. Regardless of the size and scope of your project, we have all the products and materials needed to bring new life to old furnishings and to increase the value of your current home. And if you need any advice or guidance as you start out on your DIY project, our skilled and experienced staff members are always happy to answer any questions or steer you in the right direction. Call us today at (305) 856-6401 for more information.


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