It almost goes without saying, but home improvement is an expensive business whether you’re building your home from scratch or just improving the one you’re in. While there are various things that you can DIY, a large part of any project is going to involve forking out a large amount of money.
It therefore naturally follows that you’re going to want to spend as little money as possible. Doing so involves a lot of strategic thinking and a willingness to shop around, but if you put these plans into action, then you could substantially lower the costs of any home change you want to make.
There are areas that you can spend less on in the course of any home renovation. Tools, for example – if they weigh the same, there’s little difference between a £5 hammer and a £25 hammer. Always keep the receipts of anything that you buy, so you can return it if a cheaper option isn’t fit for purpose. Make your money go further by using coupons or vouchers to buy materials and equipment, Raise is a great place to source these.
Spending wise also involves knowing where you should spend money. Sometimes, a lower cost at the till can actually be a false economy. A great example of this is paint. The cheaper the paint you buy is, the harder it’s going to be to use it. You might end up spending more money trying to make it look good – on lining paper for example – than would have cost to just buy a good quality paint in the first instance.
Buy From As Few Places As Possible
Yes, it’s good to shop around, but there’s a lot of money to be saved if you buy from as few stores as possible. Firstly, choose your stores for comparison carefully.
Make choices based on everything you need to complete your project. It’s not good enough to just find somewhere to buy screws and fixtures; you need somewhere that will cover all the bases. That means thinking of everything to do with the project; ensure that they sell double glazing, conservatories, window and doors; paint, wallpaper, plaster skim and pastes; and anything else you might possibly need. Make sure you factor in delivery costs.
Select three stores and price up everything you need for your project, covering all the bases as mentioned above. One store might be more expensive on some items, but the overall total is still lower thanks to savings elsewhere in your basket. This then gives you a basis to work off. You can diversify from there to different stores where there are substantial savings to be made, but you have a total figure in mind that you’re trying to “beat”.
Sign Up For Discounts and Use Social Media
When you have found a store or company you want to use, hunt for discounts on their website. Companies will often offer a percentage discount if you like their Facebook page, for example. Joining their newsletter and following their Twitter account may also produce discount codes, as well as keeping an eye on sites like HotUKDeals.
Talk To Other People Doing Home Improvements
One of the best way to save money is by buying in bulk, especially for items you use multiples of – such as fence panels or tiles. Join local groups (both on and offline) and see if there is anyone wanting the same items as you. You can split the cost and take advantage of bulk deals this way, potentially saving a lot of money.