3 DIY Jobs That Save You Money

Have you decided to take the plunge and invest in your dream property? You envisage an open log fire, distressed floorboards and exposed brickwork. The only issue is that currently your beloved home appears to be more shabby than chic.

You probably anticipate your wallet will take a battering. The issue that developers usually have when it comes to renovating houses is that they underestimate the amount of money they will need. There are always hidden costs that you may not have considered when you mused over your well-drawn plans.

With all this in mind, it may also be wise to take into consideration the projects you want to undertake yourself. It’ll help to keep your purse-strings tight and you could maybe learn a new skill as an added bonus.

DIY jobs that save you money


Get down to the bare necessities

Sanding floorboards to their original look can be a stunning feature in your room. Exposed floorboards have risen in popularity in recent years. Have a little peek under your carpet or linoleum – you may be hiding a set of gems under them. Sanding your floor is hard graft, and is not for the work-shy. It will entail a few days’ hard work, hiring a sander and getting kitted out in goggles, a dust mark and ear protectors. However, this is one of the big jobs that can cost you a lot of money. When you consider that it requires little or no training, it’s clear that this outlay is not money spent on work that needs professional input. As long as you’re up for some hard work, you can do it yourself and save your money for the finishing touches.

Wrap it up

Are you in a hurry to get rid of the vulgar, psychedelic wallpaper covering every inch of the house? This is one element of redecoration that can potentially cost a lot of money. Decorators charge a hefty sum and in some cases, won’t do a better job than you can do yourself. Depending on the amount of work you need to get done, having someone remove your wallpaper and paint your walls can really dent your bank balance. Think big and hire a wall-paper steamer which allows large sections of wallpaper to be pulled off in your hands. Although this is quite a hefty task, it is very satisfying. The walls will then be fresh for you to add your personal stamp to them with some sassy designs which are sure to pack a punch. If you can’t hire a steamer, here’s a low-cost way of removing wall paper so you can paint your walls.

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Only attempt this if you’re qualified or have enough experience to tackle the task. Keep in mind that any electrical works carried out in your home must be satisfactory to Government building rules and regulations. This is because it is extremely dangerous to carry out work when you are not qualified. Even things you may consider simple, such as changing a plug socket, can pose a serious danger if do not have the appropriate training. If you think this is a skill that will come in handy for future projects, look into taking a qualification in domestic electrical training. You can take things one step further – become an experienced electrician with the essential knowledge of building regulations and take a 17th Edition course and qualification. You can check out PASS for a list of accredited courses.

Don’t worry about all the blood, sweat and tears that goes into a hard day’s work – just imagine how pleased you’ll feel when you see the results come together.

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11 Responses to 3 DIY Jobs That Save You Money

  1. ASİST
    October 13, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Firstly we must design our soul and learn how to make it happy.
    Then only with a little touch to your home it becomes a castle to you:-)

    Life is like the highway
    The soul is just a car

  2. Wesley Lee
    February 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Hi Anne, I’m so amazed in your article I’ve learned a lot from it. Everytime I read your blogs I recognized something new and I liked it so much. Thumbs up 🙂 Thank you for sharing.
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  3. Judy Sheldon-Walker
    December 16, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    These are very good tips.
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    • Anne December 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Judy.

  4. Jack December 6, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Hi Anne, I completely agree with you. These three DIY jobs will save you a lot of money but you should do it if and only if you are qualified to do so. Jumping in to do these without any prior qualification r experience will put you in thick soup. You will find it quite tough to wade through it.

    • Anne December 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Hi, Jack. As a keen DIYer, I’m aware that some jobs (especially major jobs that require planning permission and licenses) are better done by a professional. We once lived in a house that had lots of faults because the guy we bought it from apparently loved doing jobs by himself, even electrical ones. This is not safe.

  5. Rob December 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    These are all great things that anyone can do, sometimes you don’t need to hire someone to make your home look great!

    • Anne December 6, 2013 at 9:22 am #

      Exactly, Rob. Hiring out costs you more money than you can sometimes afford, and the job doesn’t look better than what you could’ve done yourself.

  6. Narendra Kumar
    December 3, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Nice DIY jobs to make houses more decorative and secure. It is creative idea for completing these jobs in a spare time. For me its like stuff cleaning with doing some interesting at yourself.
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  7. Insurance Hunter
    November 28, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    Depending on the type of wallpaper and the room you are working on, painting over the wallpaper could be a very cost effective option that is less labor intensive. But, it is all a matter of preference.

  8. iş elbiseleri November 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    well done very good 🙂

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