A survey conducted by B&Q revealed that 53% of Brits are scared of DIY – I know I am one! While two out of five claim that they actually hate it. If that sounds like you, then the ideal solution would be to get a professional to do it. However, the cost of getting someone else to do it can be expensive. I was quoted over £400 to have a small room plastered, imagine if I’d got a quote for the rest of the house!
An increasingly popular way of for those with the time and energy is to actually learn the skill. This can be done by watching online videos on YouTube or even undertaking an online course. Other solutions might be attending a college course – though anyone with a hectic life won’t have time to do so. There are a lot of stories online about individuals using YouTube videos in order to pick up new skills, and a lot of them succeed.
Anyway, here are a few suggestions when trying to save on home renovations:
Look around & find offers
If you have a large budget you could probably hire someone to come in and do it for you. However, for most of us trying to save – Ikea would be one such solution for home renovations. Using reliable but budget sellers means that we should be able to renovate our homes for cheaper. Also, looking around sites like eBay and Facebook might reveal some second-hand materials that can be used when renovating your home.
There are times of year that are better for purchasing big items. For example, if you’re planning on buying a new shed for your garden and have the planning permission, you might want to wait and buy when there are sales active.
Also, search online for sites that sell items cheaper than the usual high-street chains. One such example is Sovereign Chemicals which I’ve used for purchasing renovation plaster.
Create a budget and stick to it
This might seem pretty obvious, but tallying up and creating a budget means that you can look into certain areas of spending and try to cut costs.
When I begin a project, I try to ensure that I list all of the costs that I may incur. Sometimes you might have to make calls to find out how much something may cost, but this will allow you to efficiently budget. For example, when I was renovating the office I had a specific budget which I would have gone over if I had got someone in. The cost of buying all the equipment and actually learning how to do it myself helped me save.
Do it yourself
I’ve mentioned that there always is the possibility of doing it yourself. It is the most efficient way of saving money. Also, if you have a big house you never know when the skill might come in handy. I am not trying to say that I am a professional plaster now. But, I do know that I can plaster to an efficient level. There are several YouTube channels which can teach you these skills, and the internet contains more knowledge about DIY than all of my mates put together.
Some good YouTube channels include:
Thanks for reading, be sure to comment if you think I have missed anything out.