There’s an old saying about planning ahead - failing to prepare is preparing to fail. It’s true that planning ahead doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people, and when it comes to looking after our homes, sometimes planning isn’t an option - when something goes wrong out of the blue, you have to react, plan or not.
But for lots of home improvement jobs, you do have the chance to plan ahead - and it’s a chance you should jump at. Decide exactly what it is you want to do, do your research, and give yourself plenty of time for it to be carried out - because crucially, that means you’ll give yourself the chance to get the right person for the job, and the best chance of getting your job done right.
Here are four reasons why planning ahead is so important, and why now is the best time to book in a job for the upcoming months:
1. Trades are getting busy
Ever since tradespeople were allowed to continue working in England back in the first lockdown, people have been rushing to have their home improvement jobs carried out. With tradespeople in Scotland now able to carry out non-essential jobs, this will only continue.
With so many people stuck at home more than usual, and spending less money on things like holidays, lots of us looked to invest in our homes and make them more comfortable places to be. Home improvement jobs like decorating, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and extensions and loft conversions have all been especially popular investments.
That same attitude is still here, and after the Easter holidays, it’s being magnified by the usual seasonal rush. Good weather and the arrival of British Summer Time always sparks a surge in DIY - with a similar boom of hiring tradespeople.
With many tradespeople filling up their diaries, now is the time to get your own project booked in. Give yourself the time to find the right tradesperson for your job and relax knowing you’ve got it all sorted.
2. There's a buoyant housing market
As well as a surge in home improvements, the Covid pandemic has also prompted lots of people to reevaluate their homes and change their priorities, whether it’s needing a home with more space, a garden, or in a new location, without the burden of a commute.
A stamp duty holiday which runs until the end of June has been a further boost for people looking to buy, meaning lots of people looking for properties that meet their needs.
If you’re thinking about selling your home in the next few months, there’s a good chance you might want to take care of some small details before viewings begin, whether it’s simple repairs like replacing broken tiles or damaged skirting boards, or quick upgrades like a fresh coat of paint, or a new front door for instant kerb appeal.
Getting a job booked in now means maximum time for marketing your home and finding the right buyer, so don’t delay and risk missing out on the right person.
3. Steal a march on the unseasonable jobs
One of the good things about planning ahead is that you can zig when others are zagging. Right now, landscape gardeners are at their peak, with many booked up all through summer, but if you’re prepared, you can get all your unseasonable jobs sorted now and avoid the hassle when autumn rolls around.
Jobs like chimney sweeping, installing insulation, and servicing or replacing your boiler only ever pop into people’s heads when cold weather kicks in - exactly the time when everyone else is doing it, and when those tradespeople are getting fully booked.
Take advantage of your planning skills and get those jobs booked and sorted now, so you can be ready for whatever the weather throws at you this year.
4. You deserve something to look forward to
Most of us have had a difficult 12 months, and we could all do with cheering up. What better way give yourself a boost than by making sure you have something to look forward to, by booking in a job you’ve always dreamed about?
Maybe it’s installing a stylish new driveway. Maybe it’s fitting luxurious new carpets. Maybe it’s just getting someone to put up a few shelves that you’ve just never got round to. Whatever it is, post your job today and know that soon enough, your dream will finally become a reality with the help of an expert tradesperson near you.
After all, you deserve it.