There are some jobs that are just too big for a home handyman – the type of job that needs the experience of a professional tradesperson. On the other hand, there are some DIY jobs that, when finished, will cause you to sit back is disbelief that you were able to accomplish it. Those are the jobs that cause that feeling of self-satisfaction because you know that YOU did it. Of course, the right tools are essential in getting these types of jobs done, and Dewalt power tools are the perfect example.

Lord Baden Powell who formed the scout movement said many interesting things in his life. But perhaps the most useful and quoted phrase that he’s remembered for is the scout motto “Be Prepared”. Anyone who undertakes a DIY project knows the wisdom of those words. Heading straight into a project with no planning and preparation is heading into potential disaster.

A little bit of planning goes a long way to being completely prepared and having the right tools for the right job at hand when you need them. There is nothing more frustrating than starting a job and realizing you have to stop to go to the store to buy missing tools or materials.

So what planning is necessary to ensure that everything is ready to go? Here is a simple checklist to help you plan your project and ensure that you assemble the necessary equipment to do the work properly (and to help you decide if you are qualified to do the work, or need the help of a professional tradesman).

1) Scope out the job. Think about how you will do it and research on the Internet any existing information or guidelines on projects similar to yours.

2) Make a list of everything you will need to complete the project. List the tools, materials and guides that you’ll require (for example drills, screws, wood, etc).

3) Check the condition of your tools. Make a note of the materials that you already own and list the ones you need to replace – as well as the ones you will need to buy.

4) Seek advice. If there is any part of the project that you feel may cause you some difficulty, seek out the advice of those who know.

5) Refer work. If there is a portion of the project you don’t feel you can do safely, hire a professional to do it for you.

Once you have considered these five steps, you’ll be ready to begin your project. When you are buying your project tools and resources, it’s important to remember that you should quality whenever you can. Choose brands that are known and trustworthy. Remember it’s not only about trusting that the tools can do the job you want them too (remember the hammer that lost its head once when you were hitting a nail into the wood?), it’s also about your safely. (It’s a good thing that the hammer head landed next to your foot and not on your foot, right?)