Money Saving Advice for any DIY Job
After the indulgence of Christmas, we all look to tighten our belts and save some money. So, we are here to help – our DIY experts have put together some great money saving top tips to inspire you to make a start on your home improvements.
Saving money on DIY projects doesn’t mean cutting corners. With some forward planning, research and taking some practical advice, tackling those long put-off DIY projects could be one New Year’s resolution that you could keep in 2021.
Our Top 5 Tips
1. Cutting out the Professionals
Using professional tradesman can add a big cost to your home improvement bill, so rolling up your sleeves and tackling that DIY project yourself is one of the top ways to save. So why not try it yourself to save yourself a significant amount of money? You might surprise yourself with what you can do! There’s no need to rush and enrol on that DIY course, there’s plenty of online resources at your fingertips, including YouTube, blogs and simple to digest ‘How to…’ Guides for beginners to provide you with helpful advice and step-by-step processed to get the job done.
How far you go will depend on how confident you feel, and it is important to remember that there are some jobs that are almost always better off left to the professionals, such as electrical work. If you do require a tradesman, make sure to do your research and hire a trusted trader to make sure that the job gets done properly and at a fair price.
2. Invest in the right tools
Investing in the appropriate tools from power tools to paint brushes will help make tasks easier and more efficient. However, while it is important to make sure you always have the right tools for the job, but when it comes to purchasing your DIY materials and supplies, you should apply some DIY savvy buying. Remember that buying from the big DIY shops is not always the best, a family owned independent builders merchant can save your save money on your DIY projects, and the friendly advice comes free!
3. Think about timescales and plan ahead
Knowing when your DIY projects need to be completed by and planning ahead is another great tip for saving money. There’s nothing worse than starting something and not finishing it in time, or even worse, rushing and cutting corners to meet your deadlines and ending up with a final result you are not 100% happy with.
Always think twice about how long something is going to take, and remember that, as a general rule, jobs usually take longer than you think. Make sure you give yourself enough time to do your research, get your materials and complete the job without having to rush.
4. Budget friendly DIY decorating
Nothing refreshes and uplifts a room more than a new coat of paint, and few things are quicker or easier than DIY decorating. Changing the colour of a room, or adding a feature wall, can change your whole perspective on a room.
Whether you opt for a cool and trendy grey, or brighten things up with a jazzy bright yellow, doing it yourself could save you hundreds of pounds in bills for a professional tradesman.
5. Upcycle your furniture
One person’s junk is another person’s treasure, so why not revive an old piece of furniture with some DIY know how? Painting a dated wooden cabinet can give a whole new lease of life and completely change the look of a room too. It’s a quick and easy DIY job, and it only costs your time and a tin of paint.
Once you’re done upcycling some of your furniture around the house and you’ve got a little confidence under your belt, why not apply the same DIY money saving tactics on your tired kitchen units and really go for it? Painting versus replacing is a great way to save money, and you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment.
Let us help you save money this year
So, those are our top 5 tips for saving money on your DIY projects this year. With a little bit of can-do attitude, and with some help from us, why not make your home improvements on of your New Year’s resolutions?
What are you waiting for? Pop over to our website and make a start today!