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If you are keen to embark on some home renovations but you don’t have the cash to hire tradespeople, why not consider doing some jobs yourself? While you may need a gas engineer or an electrician to deal with highly specialist tasks, you can clue yourself up on other jobs that need doing around the house.
Learning some DIY skills can help you to save money and feel more hands-on with your renovations. Take a look at these DIY hacks that can save you money at home.
If you’ve never fitted a kitchen before, you might think that a professional installer is the only way to go. While you might not have the artisan joinery skills to make your own cabinetry, you can certainly learn how to fit your kitchen DIY style. Head online and watch the wealth of YouTube tutorial videos available. They will talk you through how to fit your kitchen step by step. With the right tools and preparation, you can ensure that you achieve a great finish.
If you have your appliances in your kitchen, don’t assume that you need to buy brand new ones. Even those utility room appliances can be fixed with a bit of DIY know-how. You can investigate fixing your dryer yourself by buying the parts cheaply and following the troubleshooting guide in the manual. Drums and heating elements can be replaced without the need for a professional. This can save you a small fortune in call-out charges.
Painting and Decorating
When you are looking to give some of the rooms in your house a fresh lick of paint, never be tempted to call in the professionals. Anyone can paint, and while there may be a technique to getting the perfect finish, this can be learned.
Arm yourself with some good quality emulsion paint, a roller, a small brush, and most importantly, some masking tape. This needs to be placed on your skirting, around coving, and around your glazing. This should stop you from going over the edges of your wall and you will achieve a clean and straight line. Bleeding paint and uneven edges can make a wall or ceiling look untidy and messy. To prevent this, you can paint the main body of your wall with a roller while using a smaller and more delicate brush for those hard to reach and awkward spaces.
If you are keen to lay carpet, a professional may be needed. However, if you want to lay laminate flooring, hunt for those easy to install tongue and groove varieties. This comes in all sorts of stains and wood veneers. If you are after an antique sort of stain, you can opt for an oak or walnut grain with rich features.
If you are eager to choose a simple and modern look, go for an ashen grey stain or a whitewash stain. The flooring that you choose should emulate the decor of your humble abode. Tongue and groove fitting is like a jigsaw, meaning that all you need to do is cut the pieces to the right length before laying your laminate over underlay.
Follow this guide and you can save money at home with these DIY hacks.