Outside of the normal confines of our homes, it is fairly expected that we implement the most sophisticated methods to ensure that our projects at work are completed in time and close to the desired budget. However, this may not be the case in many of our personal lives. Consider, how many times have you taken the time to sit down to plot the necessary activities on a personal project such as remodeling a home?
You are not alone in that regard. As much as we are well-versed in project planning and organization at work, home projects belong to the less systematic “wing it” variety. We would never care to use tools like the Cordell estimator to see our personal projects to fruition.
But then again, why not? The truth is that managing our personal finances especially those related to projects is just as important as managing the corporate budget. For this reason, it is actually very helpful to implement what we know from our corporate experience into the way we execute our own home DIY ventures.
Take note of the following tips through which one can use proper planning methodologies to ensure the success of a personal venture:
- Write down your budget and break it down accordingly. It is easy to overspend on personal DIY projects once you get to the store because you want this or that even if it exceeds your initial estimation. By writing it down, you will be more compelled to stick to it because you personal see the consequence of going over budget.
- Plot your timelines. Everything has to happen at precisely the right time. One of the biggest reasons why personal projects exceed the budget is due to the extra time needed to finish it. When you need to pay the contractor an extra two works worth of work, it should not be a surprise as to why you overspent on the project.
- Source your materials properly. You can either entrust this to the contractor or do it yourself. At the end of the day, it is important to implement the rigor of checking all suppliers before choosing one with the right quality for the right price.
Home projects are major killers of one’s personal budget. By implementing proper project planning techniques, you can take a hold of your spending to make sure that you see your project through without having to spend a single penny on it more than you need to.