A house is, more often than not, a long-term investment, and an expensive one to make at that. In some instances, it can feel like home immediately. For others, a bit of work is necessary in order to make their house a home. Whichever side you fall on, a home needs maintaining at the very least and it is always good to be able to enhance and improve your home. This article is about saving money on home improvements. We are going to assist you in improving and maintaining your home and help you to cut on costs whilst doing so.
First off, we will address the issue of whether or not you possess the abilities required to undertake your home improvement projects. In most cases, people hire others because they believe they do not have the required skill set. At other times, it can be difficult to justify paying a professional for a job that is not one you consider a priority. However, with the abundance of ‘how-to’ tutorials floating around, it becomes more of a challenge rather than an impossibility. YouTube.com is rife with tutorial videos, manufacturer’s websites have instructional PDFs and videos, and there are DIY books abound. If you feel the need, a method of saving money in the long-term is to book and take a craftsman’s or handyman’s course. The first step to saving money when improving your home is to save on labor and do it yourself!
Saving Money on Home Improvements – Your Time
Saving money does come at a cost. That cost being your time. So if a significant time investment is not something you are able to make, then larger DIY projects are likely off the table. In those instances, we recommend that you plan a ‘buy it yourself’ (BIY) project. This means that you do all of the research, and purchase the required materials to avoid having to pay any contractor’s markup. Throughout which you will have to work with anyone you’ve hired, to ensure you both are in agreement on materials, plans, and the duties of the laborers.
The easiest of home improvement jobs you can take on yourself is any painting that needs to be done. So why spend money hiring out someone else, when you can do the job to a high standard yourself? A freshly painted front door, or entrance, adds value to your home. It is a job that can easily be done over the course of a weekend. Repainting a room can add life to, and help brighten your home. A day or two’s worth of work and you can revitalize even the most lived in of areas, and save money while you are at it.
More Difficult Tasks
Slightly more difficult, are tasks like removing grout from kitchen and bathroom tiling, putting up shelving, and installing coving. Whilst cleaning grout from tiles can be a long, often tedious, process, it does help to restore tiled kitchens – and bathrooms in particular – to their former splendor. Constructing shelves adds readily available storage space, making it a cheap and practical convenience. So not only can you save money on their installation, but in some cases, it can mean you do not need to buy, or rent, extra storage areas. Putting coving (molded decoration where the ceiling and walls meet) up can help give needed detail to bare rooms, and added value to newer builds. Coving comes in a wide range of different materials with varying prices.
The most important instruments for any workman, be they amateur or professional, are their tools. However, that is not to say that you should be spending money on pricey ‘top-of-the-line’ equipment. As with most things, for smaller tools, the best deals and the lowest prices can usually be found online (although do not discount local independent shops). Instead of purchasing the larger high-end tools outright, it is much cheaper to hire them or borrow them if possible – especially if crafting and handyman work are not something you usually engage in.
Dividing the Tasks
A key factor in saving your money is knowing what projects can be taken on yourself, and the work that should be done by professionals. Plastering, for example, is a skilled job, much like bricklaying. If either is not done properly it is quickly, and obviously, noticeable. Any work that uses expensive materials that you are uncomfortable doing yourself, or unsure of whether you can complete to a high enough standard, should also be contracted out. As should any plumbing that involves gas, and electrical jobs.
So do not be intimidated by what can sometimes seem like a complex or even daunting task. Home improvements can be done cheaply and effectively by yourself, as long as you are aware of the different options and best practices available. Your home deserves the best, and you deserve a better home.
This article was written by Nina Wells from Steam Shower Store. Nina has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community with her articles high in demand.