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9 Ways your home improvements needn’t break the bank

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Home improvements, redecorating, and DIY projects can all be costly jobs, but someone’s got to do it.

Whether you’re updating the decor in your home, replacing items that are now showing signs of wear and tear or whether you’re merely making repairs on a tight budget you may not know where to start.

However, in this article, we’ll share with you some of our best tips and tricks on making home improvements for less – regardless of your budget.

1. Set yourself a realistic budget

Before you go ahead and purchase any appliances or materials, set yourself a budget first.

Ensure that your budget is enough to cover the costs of the work that needs to be done but is also in line with how much you can realistically afford to spend.

Budgets that are either too high or even too low will mean that you either end up spending too much money without getting the most out of your budget, or you compromise on quality or the right manpower to get the job done.

2. Do some of the work yourself

We know that not everyone is a DIY expert; however, there are still some jobs that you can do yourself that will help you to save money.

If there are tasks such as stripping wallpaper, rolling up carpet or even painting that needs doing before any work is underway, then (providing you have the time) do it.

While there will be jobs around your home in which an electrician, plumber or carpenter will be required to do if there are any things you can do to cut costs of any work you need doing – consider it.

3. Shop around for materials first

Whether it’s a pair of curtains that you so desperately want, wallpaper, or even a range cooker you’ve always dreamed of; shop around before you purchase to ensure you’re getting the most for your money.

Different retailers, both online and instore, may have considerable differences in prices that you’ll want to take advantage of. After all, you don’t want to be paying over the odds for something you could get elsewhere, so much cheaper.

4. Don’t compromise on quality for quantity

It’s tempting when you’re on a budget to go for lesser quality items, as generally, they cost a lot less. However, it’s not always advisable to do so for the costs in the long tun.

Low-quality items can show general wear and tear and even break a lot quicker than higher quality items that you might have to spend a little more on. If you’re not happy to keep replacing these items more frequently, costing you more long-term – then you may wish to reconsider your purchases.

It may be worth not compromising on quality and paying that little bit extra for the longevity of your improvements.

5. Sell your leftover materials.

If when the work on your home has been completed there are any leftover materials hanging around, why not consider selling them to get some of your budget back.

Tins of leftover paint, rolls of wallpaper, even cut-offs of carpet and much more all can be sold to both free up some space in your home and get some of that hard-earned cash back in your pocket.

Just make sure you have enough to finish the job completely!

6. Invest in improvements which will make your home more cost-effective

While home improvements can be made for many different reasons, such as repairing broken household appliances, replacing signs of wear and tear or even just a change of scenery; you could consider also making changes to your home which would be more cost-effective.

Things such as adding double glazing film to your windows, loft insulation or even installing solar panels can all help you to save money on your energy bills.

If you’re interested in making changes to your home to be more cost-effective, take a look at the Government’s Green Home Grants to see whether you could be eligible for a grant of up to £10,000 for the cost of installing energy-efficient home improvements.

7. Choose the right time to make your improvements

If you’re considering paying for a new patio or to have your windows replaced, ensure you choose the right time to get these jobs done to avoid delays.

Choosing colder times of the year or even busier times could mean that you have to spend more time and money getting these jobs completed – meaning you could spend more money on labour costs than you should have due to things like weather conditions prolonging the job in hand.

8. Don’t rush or be impatient

Don’t get us wrong; we all know that home improvements and DIY projects are exciting. However, you should try to avoid rushing tasks or getting impatient if they take a little longer than expected.

Rushing work or jobs that need to be completed could mean that the quality of the work or fixtures could falter, causing you more inconvenience in the future – and of course more money!

9. Don’t take on more than you can manage

Nearly everyone has a list of jobs that need to be carried out on their homes, and generally, they can be quite long!

However, you should try to avoid taking on more than you can manage and stick to one room or job throughout your home at a time – unless you have the time, money and the workforce to do so (think 60-minute make-over or changing rooms!)

By taking on more responsibility than you can manage, you run the risk of prolonging works in your home and could possibly even make your home unlivable in the process, and no one wants that. Instead, stick to the task ahead and move onto the next once it’s been completed.

Now you know how to make those repairs and redecoration projects in your home for less, there’s nothing left for you to do but put your budget aside and get to it. Happy renovating!

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross is one of the leading contributors of content and all things finance at Fablious. Whether she’s writing articles, answering queries or providing her expertise for others to benefit from, Charlotte is always putting her knowledge and experience to good use. You can find her on Twitter @Charlotte_K_R

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