D.I.Y Without Breaking the House or the Bank Account

With the end of year fast approaching I am now running out of time to complete those household DIY tasks I set myself way back in January. However, I like many others do not have an endless supply of money and am always looking at ways to make it stretch that little further.

So if you are in the same boat as me and have a few projects to complete whether large or small I am going to give you a few tips on how to save a little money whilst improving the interior or exterior of your home.

Forward Thinking!

It doesn’t matter what kind of project you have in mind, you really need to plan ahead. This will guarantee a more cost effective project as you will already know exactly what you want whilst also knowing exactly how you want it to look. If you employ a contractor it will also minimise the chances of you having to make any costly changes.

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Put a Bit of Research Into it!

We all know that it can be a tough job choosing the right contractor at the best of times, trying to make a compromise between price and craftsmanship. Yet there are other serious things you need to consider such as whether or not they have any insurance and the correct credentials with regards to licensing.

This is because you may be unaware that if a contractor hurts himself in your home, you may find yourself liable. Additionally somebody who is not properly licensed may not know as much as they are making out about the job you are going to potentially hire them to do.

Being Realistic is Key!

Be realistic about your own personal skills, you may find that a job you think is easy may end up costing you more when you have to pay somebody to clear up your disaster than it would have to have had them do the job in the beginning.

On the flip side there is no point paying somebody to do menial tasks that you know you could do yourself. The key here is knowing just where to draw the line.

Go Second Hand!

There is nothing wrong with going second hand for pieces of furniture; you will find that you can pick up some great deals at boot sales and auctions. This represents an excellent way to minimise your costs, whilst you may even find an antique that is worth a lot more than you paid for it.

So whether you are just fitting some wall sconces or completely renovating the whole living room, these tips can help you to make some sure fire savings.

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