After your budget and timeline, supply is the next important component of your home improvement project. The cost of your supplies, equipment, and materials will affect the overall cost of your project. Their availability will affect your timeline and the quality of your equipment will impact on your finish and overall speed.
For these reasons, it is important to invest serious effort into planning your project and make a thorough evaluation of the materials you need as well as the tools needed to finish the work.
Here is a list of some of the basic supplies and materials needed for most home improvement projects.
Paint and brush
When going out to paint a room, measure first so you know exactly how much paint to buy. Start by counting the square footage of the area you draw. Each wall has square footage; Measure the length of the wall and multiply by the height to get the primary number. Then add numbers to all the walls together to get your total square footage. A gallon of paint, painted as a second coat, usually covers about 300 square feet. A gallon primer usually covers about 175 square feet of wall space because a high percentage of it is absorbed into the wall.
If you are uncomfortable with these figures or are overwhelmed with math, take your measurements with you to the paint store. The paint clerk will be able to quickly determine the amount of paint you need. If there are large windows or doors in a room, measure them as well.
Wood is a versatile material that can be used to create basic shelves or use a whole house frame. Select a wood that is strong enough for your project and will withstand over time and buy enough to finish the work. Base your project – be it a deck, fence or shelf – the dimensions are divided by two and four; This will make it easier to select the right amount of wood for calculation.
Every home needs to have at least one hammer, screwdriver set and a few boxes of nails. From there, the requirements of your equipment will depend on the type of projects you want to tackle.
If you intend to work with wood, consider buying a quality table saw or round saw. If you consider yourself doing a lot of plumbing, you need eyeliner and some good soldering equipment. You will need a power sander for refurbishing old floors or renovating furniture. Almost every home improvement project has a special tool.
All of these basic supplies are available at any local hardware retailer. For larger items like tools or large wooden shipment, shop around for the best price before buying.