Do you want your home to look beautiful, but you’re worried you won’t have the budget to make the improvements? You can renovate your home on a tight budget, you just have to be creative, and be willing to get stuck in.
Create a Budget and Stick to it
You should create a budget which is realistic – allow a slightly larger budget, and you won’t have to cut corners which will save you money in the long run. For bigger projects, calculate how much money and time they will take, and double it just to be safe. This means that you’ll have a contingency fund in place should anything go wrong. The last thing you want is to run out of money mid-project, as this can be extremely stressful and could end up with your family living in a building site until you find the extra funds.
Time Your Purchases
If the project isn’t urgent, why not wait for a sale? Easter is usually a popular time for DIY stores to have a sale, and you could purchase the materials that you need for a project at a fraction of the cost. If you are over the age of 60, B&Q has a Diamond Club which gives 10% discount on Wednesdays to people over 60 – it’s free to join. You can also make savings by buying products online, so check what you need before you start a project and order it in advance.
For smaller jobs, have a look in local independent DIY shops, and pound stores. You may be able to find things like screws, nuts, bolts, paint and wall filler for a much cheaper price than you would in larger stores. You can also save money by directly going to builders merchants, but don’t pretend to be a trader if you’re not, as this may get you into trouble should need to return anything.
Do it yourself (via YouTube)
If you are not scared of a challenge, you can save a lot of money by doing the work yourself. The internet is a real haven of knowledge for plenty of jobs around the home including laying flooring and tiles, and painting. You can even watch step-by-step YouTube videos to guide you through the process. However, there are some jobs you should never do yourself – including plumbing and electrical work – so always hire a recommended professional.
When bringing a trader in for a job, you should never accept their first price. Always try to haggle, using prices from their competitors or even quotes that have been obtained from friends and family for similar work. You should try and use local traders too, as they often charge less.
If you are planning to renovate your kitchen, you could save a lot of money by opting for a used kitchen. However, avoid buying from the likes of eBay and go to a recognised re-seller such as Used Kitchen Exchange. They examine kitchens for their quality before listing them on their website, and you can arrange a viewing before you buy. Their trusted team of Kitchen Specialists will help you with every stage of the buying process, and you can even arrange a buy now, pay later agreement.
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