When it comes to home improvements, it’s easy to get carried away and splash the cash. You wouldn’t be alone in doing so, either; the UK home improvement industry is worth an eye-watering £14 billion every year. But how can you save money on your next project?
Put your money where it matters
While you may be tempted to splash out in every room of your home, you should prioritise your workload and decide where the real work needs to take place. If you’re looking for a new kitchen, you may choose to scale down on your marble flooring dreams so that you can invest in a high-quality oven and granite worktops. Focus on the essential parts of your home – the touch points and the things you’ll use every day – before considering non-essentials.
Avoid expensive jobs
It may sound obvious, but avoiding expensive construction jobs is one of the best ways to save money on your home improvement project. Instead of removing walls or restructuring floors, work with what you’ve got and let your interior design transform your home.
Make sensible investments
Rather than spending your money willy-nilly, make sensible investments that add genuine value to your home – even if you’re not planning on selling up anytime soon. Whether that’s adding an en suite, converting your loft into an extra bedroom or adding aluminium bifold doors to your kitchen and living space, it’s easy to make your money work for you.
Do it yourself
There’s a whole host of reasons why millions of people carry out home improvement jobs – and saving money is one of them. Instead of handing over the work to a contractor or tradesman, don an overall and start painting. Not only is DIY fun and therapeutic, but it also means that you can get the job done to your exacting standards – even if it does take you longer than it would a professional.
If you’re a complete beginner when it comes to home improvement, watch one of the many DIY tutorials on YouTube for a helping hand. Such videos are free, hosted by professionals and ensure that you’re following the best industry practices – whatever you’re doing.
Mix and match materials
You can save a lot of money by mixing and matching reduced-priced materials, so visit your local hardware store to find a bargain. Instead of investing in custom kitchen cabinets, you could switch to a generic chipboard carcass model, and then source your own doors and fixtures elsewhere. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new – if it doesn’t work, go back to the drawing board and start again.
There you have it – five great ways to save money on your home improvements. Whatever you choose to get up to, don’t hesitate to ask your friends and family for help – you’ll likely find someone who can lend their hand when you’re struggling with the finishing touches.