While the phrase DIY means do it yourself you should know your limits. Any botched jobs that go wrong may cost you more in the long run if you have to call in the experts. Just make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re doing and that you have a backup plan in case anything should go wrong.
Check your Facebook friends for tips
A quick status update may uncover friends that could actually help you with your DIY jobs and save you some cash. It may be that they’ve done it before or can give you a hand if it’s a two man job. Many hands make light work.
Do your research and search the web and YouTube for guides
If you’re looking at undertaking a job it’s always worth looking at a video tutorial or guide on the internet. There are plenty of how-to articles that you can find through Google to help you decide if you want to take on wallpapering, putting up a shelf or anything else that might need doing.
Try local pound shops and discount stores
Don’t pay a premium for the essentials such as nails, screws and sandpaper at the DIY superstores. Take a trip to your local poundshop or high street discount store to get these at a decent price. You may even be lucky enough to find paints and other DIY items here as well. If the items you’re buying are on a clearance basis they may only have a limited amount of stock, which could be an issue if you need more wallpaper or paint later down the line.
Don’t re-seal the bath or re-grout, use HG Mould spray
Mould in the bathroom or kitchen can be unsightly. Removing it could be costly if you’re thinking of having to re-grout or re-seal the bath. HG Mould spray could save you pounds by helping to clear surfaces of mould with a couple of sprays. It costs around £6 a bottle but can be used on tiled surfaces in and around the home.
Borrow, don’t buy your tools
If the jobs you need to do require use of a drill or potential specialist equipment see if you can borrow the right tools from anyone that can help. If you’re working on a job that requires a drill, workbench and extension lead the costs could add up if you were to buy these new or even second hand.
Trade your services for work
An increasing trend which some tradesmen are taking advantage of is accepting payment through ‘contra’ deals. It works with no money changing hands. If you’re a provider of a service (let’s say Personal Trainer or Hairdresser) some tradesmen will accept these services (in this instance such as a haircut or personal training session) in exchange for work they carry out. So if you’ve got a specialist skill that you charge for it may be worth asking if they are willing to accept a deal.
DIY for tenants
If you’re renting your landlord should take care of any repairs that are needed around the house. As a tenant you’re entitled to ‘live in a property that’s safe and in a good state of repair’ (gov.uk). So if there’s an urgent or necessary repair that needs doing don’t hesitate to get on to your landlord. They have an obligation to keep the property up to scratch. Failure to do so could lead to their prosecution through your local council. Most landlords will let you decorate, providing you ask. Just remember that you may need to leave the property in the same state as which you found it – but seek confirmation before doing anything.