It’s that time of the year again and I am ready to hit the spring clean or for me the spring house titivation. It gets to this time of the year and I get ready to throw off the dark nights, central heating and having spent too many hours shut in I want to throw off the dust and I feel like a refresh.
However as this time of year for me it’s about having the funds, looking for ways to improve my house
Face Lift Or Full On Renew
First of all you need to set out some basics, are you going for a full rebuild/replace, or can you in fact a cheaper facelift be the cards?… Do you really need that full new kitchen? or could it be an option to replace the cupboard doors and worktops, reusing the cupboard carcasses and in turn saving you money?
Where To Look For Help
I fell foul of this one before Christmas, is it going to be cheaper to get the handyman down the road with the cheapest quote to help you in your quest to titivate, or do you seek out more information on who might be a little more expensive but in fact can do a more quality job of the it? … I chose the cheaper option for our bathroom titivation and after the ‘cheap option’ left the building I ended up paying nearly double the original price for a quality workman to put my bathroom back to function-able!
Finding the right workmen is not the only thing you can do to look to help yourself … Addressing the key factor like your budget in the first place is very important.
Money doesn’t unfortunately grow on tress so saving the money before you begin or acquiring a loan maybe the options you have. If sourcing a loan is your only option, doing it as wisely as possible is certainly the way to go and although I am no Financial Advisor in my book it’s always best to be honest about your figures and look round. TSB’s Loan Calculator may help you make a more informed choice, however never rush in and if possible consult a proper Financial Advisor!
Paint or Wallpaper?
It’s super easy to decide to stick up some new wallpaper, although this tends to not be a very cost-effective alternative, buying wall paper you can paint maybe a more long-term plan.
Some wallpapers have some fantastic patterns embossed into them, giving a room a colour facelift is always going to be more cost-effective if it’s only a coat of paint!
Where To Shop
It may sound simple … and in fact I suppose it is, doing some research and locating your materials and products before you part with any funds as its often a far more cost-effective exercise than buying on a whim. By planning beforehand you will undoubtedly save money and save yourself lots of stress and headaches in the process!
Home Brands Instead of Big Brands
For me in the past I often picked big brand over home brands when buying. Over the last 2 years I have in fact done a complete turn around to this, home brands are a more cost-effective option and in fact there is very often no difference other than the price tag!
Good Luck with your DIY!
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with TSB