The Value In Home Improvement

By: thenrifish
I watch many good home improvement shows on television and I really enjoy many of them. The problem that I experience is sometimes, my inability to produce the same end results. Why does something that appears so easy, result in a job that turns out much more difficult? It really does look easy.

I am pretty handy and do almost all of my electrical, plumbing, gardening,car maintenance and yard maintenance. One thing I have learned is that we should try to use the right tool. I am not suggesting that we go out and buy every tool we see Norm use on his show.

His workshop will remain in the dream category for most people. You should have some decent basic tools though. Each must decide for himself what he plans to accomplish and what are the basic tools required.

Temperament and personality may be a factor. Most of the experts we see on TV, seem educated about their tools and procedures and they seem deliberate and patient. I think we should at least have a basic plan beforehand to guide us along and to get us going in the right direction.

I think we need to be patient with each step and we should not try to move too fast. This should set us up for an acceptable end result.

Is there value in home improvement?
Well there is the obvious - money saving. But there is more. You will derive more pleasure from that garden bench if you managed to build it yourself rather than from one you bought at the local hardware. There is much more that is not so obvious.

Have you ever worked with your kids or grand kids on a project? It's fun and they learn to do things for themselves in the process. My own children have saved very much money by doing things that others pay to have done. I get a little personal pride from that. I like to think I was a small factor in that ability.

Another aspect would be demonstrated by achieving exactly what you want. I shudder at these people on TV telling me what I want and using all those odd terms to describe the fixtures and colors etc. Where do they get those seemingly weird terms to describe matching conditions and pieces of furniture and wall coverings.

I simply know I want this particular result and don't want somebody deciding what I need or want. I guess that's only me. The bottom line - I will manage to have what I want when I am finally finished.

Another benefit can be found just in learning something new. Maybe you will find abilities you didn't even know that you possessed. Maybe you will discover a more acceptable birdhouse for your habitat.

Are there downsides to home improvement. There is probably something to be said for "saving money". I know I said this was a benefit! Well, maybe you weren't quite as handy as you thought. Maybe you took the long way there and it cost you more. That can happen. I wouldn't consider that all bad. Experiment and see what you can accomplish.

Sometimes your project just doesn't work out. You have still learned something in that.

Are home improvement projects for everyone. I know some people would quickly answer "no" to this question. I wouldn't be so quick to make that judgment. Whether you are very successful or the project is a dismal failure - you are going to learn something.

Maybe you will only learn that you need to be very careful in selecting which projects you will undertake. Maybe you will learn that you are pretty handy. However, we will all learn something by taking on some sort of home improvement project!
Why not give it a try!
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