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.
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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