Nearly every homeowner has a project or two that have been on the back-burner for some time. This could be due to the fact that the project is too big to take on alone, or because they just do not have the money to hire someone to do the work for them. These problems an easily be fixed with the help of the tips that follow.
You know your true friends when you call them up and ask them to spend the weekend with you as you complete one of the projects around your home. The people who are physically capable of helping you tackle the project you have planned will be more than happy to come out and help you if you ask in the right way, and provide them with a few luxuries as a thank you as they help you complete the work.
Excellent food is a great way to get many men working for you. If you provide a nice spread for lunch and dinner, you will find that they will appreciate it, remember it and come back for more when the next project comes around.
Turn the task into a party. Throw on some music, maybe serve some beer, and celebrate when the project is complete. If you make the work more fun, they will come back to help you with the next big project you decide to take on.
Keep your expectations low. If you are expecting too much from the people who are helping you, you are going to stress out more than necessary about the way they are doing things to help you. Keep in mind that they are not professional contractors, and you will have a better idea of what they are capable of doing.
Do not run out of supplies and materials before the project is complete. Make sure to buy enough, if not extra, of everything that you need to complete the project. There are few things that are more frustrating to someone that comes to help than having to make a trip to the home improvement store to buy materials that you should have bought before you invited them to help you.
Once you know who is going to help you, create a list of tasks for them to follow. The best way to get all of this work done efficiently is by allowing the workers to know what they need to do both before, and while they are working. This organization will help things to go much smoother and will reduce the stress level of the day.
Break out the camera! You and your friends will appreciate having photos of the day that you worked together. You never can tell what will happen during a day of construction among friends, so be ready for anything.
Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Work around the house does not have to feel like work. Keep the atmosphere light and cheerful and many of your volunteer helpers will have such a great time that they may actually look forward top your next project.
A project that would have taken you weeks or months will get done in the matter of a weekend with the help of some good friends. When taking on these projects, keep these tips in mind as you prepare for the workdays at your home, and things will go much better.