Making changes to your home may seem overwhelming. This feeling is made even worse if you don't have room for a general contractor in your budget. There are many situations where you simply can't do it all yourself. Here are some ways to get the job done without spending a fortune on professional help.
The most important thing to remember is that no one will help you unless you ask for it. As long as you are willing to make it a "work party" complete with great food and refreshments, you may even find that people are excited to come work on your house.
It is important to understand that this is not free labor. You are going to need to keep them fed and entertained while they work. A party atmosphere will make the time go faster for everyone. Get a good mix playing, and provide plenty of beverages for thirsty workers. Also, remember what they did for you the next time they need help with something.
Remember, too, the level of assistance these people will be able to provide. They are not professionals and should not be held to that standard. Instead, you will want to assign them simple tasks fitted to their abilities. They are here to help you, and thus will not take it to kindly if you try to push them too hard either.
Make sure you have plenty of supplies on hand. You want to be sure to have plenty of paintbrushes and sandpaper for everyone. Not only will this save you from having to leave in the middle of the gathering to get more supplies, it means that you will ready in case someone brings an extra set of hands with them. The sooner work is completed, the sooner the group can move on to relaxing for the evening.
It is extremely important that you are ready and organized for the day. Not only are you the host or hostess of the party, you are the work overseer. Make a list of everything you want to get accomplished that day. You may even want to get an idea of who you want to do what. This organization will help lower the amount of downtime people spend while they are waiting for you to tell them what to do.
Have someone in charge of taking photos of the event. These are great for sharing later, and you may want to have a few printed to include in thank you cards later.
While you are busy making sure things get done, try to have some fun as well. This is not a good idea for more complicated projects. These parties are great, however, if you are just trying to get some paint on the walls or move some furniture around.
While some projects take skill, others are just time consuming. For simple things like painting, getting other people involved can be a great help. Use these tips to plan a great work party.