With more than 30 years in the Home Improvement business, I have found that the biggest issue I run into is people not properly planning for cost.

No matter if you’re a DIYer or hiring someone to do the work for you, before you start a project, know what the costs are.

Some businesses will include the material with their estimate. Understand that when doing so, they (understandably) figure in extra to cover themselves. Other businesses will price jobs for labor only (price is plus material), in doing so they can give you a lower price, this protects them in case material costs run over. As a DIYer, you may not fully understand all the material involved, and the unforeseen material can add up real fast.

No matter if you’re hiring someone

With living space being at a premium, you want to make as much use of your space as possible. Here is one way to save space.

No matter if you have a floating desk built to suit your needs, or you order one online or build your own, it makes a perfect space saving place for the kids to do their homework or to sort your bills, or any other everyday work that requires a desk.

Floating desks come in a large variety of sizes, shapes, colors and styles. The average one you find online requires

Thanks Penny for writing in and asking about Security Cameras. Unfortunately this is a topic that books could be written on, but I will do my best to cover the basics in this article.

The general homeowner does not need the most expensive/high tech system. The first thing you need to do is determine your needs.

1- How many cameras do you need? Example: front door, back door and driveway would be three cameras.

2- Do you need night vision? I would recommend that all cameras have night

This is a great project for both adults and kids.

Where to get your wallpaper:

If you’re doing a big project you may need to buy a roll of wallpaper, but if you’re doing small projects, you can get samples for little to no cost. Most wallpaper stores have outdated sample books they will give you (or sell real cheap). Be sure to buy/get more than you need and a wide variety of designs.

Here are a few things you can do with a free sample book:

1- Make your own decorative light switch

If you have a tub with a porcelain coating that has a chip, it’s not the end of the world, or the end of the tub either. It takes a little work, but it can be fixed without too much effort or cost.

You will need the following:

1- Hair dryer

2- 220 grit sandpaper

3- Rubbing alcohol

4- Porcelain repair kit

5- Plastic putty knife

6- Straight razor

7- Nail polish remover

8- Porcelain touch up paint

Here’s how you do it:

1- Clean the chipped area thoroughly and dry with the hairdryer.

You may not be thinking about attic insulation right now, but this is the perfect time of year to do it. An attic that isn’t insulated can be costly year round. In the summer, the heat makes it harder to keep the house cool. And in the winter a lot of heat escapes through the attic.

Also the working conditions make now the prime time to insulate. In a few months it’s going to be getting warmer, on a 85 to 90 degree day, the attic could be as hot as 140 to 150 degrees. You wouldn’t want to be

I hope everyone had a very Happy and Healthy New Year's Eve. I would like to thank everyone for the great following in 2016 and I look forward to bringing you another year of “The DIYer.”

Now it’s time to kick off 2017 on the right foot.

In most of my articles I refer to planning ahead, things you will need and so on. Planning your projects can be just as important.

Let’s start off with the basics:

1- Make a list of the DIY projects you would like to complete in the year to come.

2- For

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