Got a bit of DIY planned for the forthcoming spring Bank Holiday? These 5 jobs are super-effective but also easy on your wallet.
There are two types of DIY. The kind that's cost-effective which results in satisfying improvements to your home – and the kind you wish you’d never started.
If you’re staying put this Bank Holiday but don’t want to get your hands too dirty, try the following home improvements.
1. Paint the hallway
The hallway is, by its very nature, the room you most often use. What’s more, it’s also often free of furniture making the walls easy to access.
If you paint one room this weekend then, make it the hallway. Just don’t buy cheap paint. You’ll probably have to apply more so you won’t save money anyway.
Check out these 5 easy ways to make your hallway look bigger.
2. Deep-clean the carpets
It’s a bit of upheaval moving the furniture but carpets can often look as good as new.
3. Clear out the loft and garage
The prospect of carrying out jobs like these is never appealing but it makes sense to do them now, rather than wait until you move house and have hundreds more tasks to juggle.
Take a day at time and place unwanted items in piles for eBay, the second-hand shop or your local recycling centre or tip, which are typically open all over Bank Holiday.
4. Go on a light bulb splurge
Sweep the house and replace all dead light bulbs with new ones – chandeliers bulbs and spotlights are often the most neglected.
Lighting up those dark corners in your home again can make a big difference to how it looks and feels. Be sure to use energy-saving bulbs and LEDs which will last longer.
5. Change kitchen door handles and paint doors
Improving your kitchen doesn't have to mean buying a new one. Try sanding and painting the existing cupboard doors, replacing handles – and giving it a general deep spring clean.
Phil's top 10 DIY tips
1. Manage your budget and work out the figures before you start
2. Be safe – ensure you are using the right equipment and wearing the right kit
3. Use the right tools for the job
4. Shop around DIY stores and online to compare costs
5. Don’t be afraid to experiment with smaller tasks – a lot of DIY disasters can be painted over
6. Avoid the latest fads that might only appeal for a few months
7. Don't take on more than you can handle
8. Always check if you need planning permission first for bigger jobs
9. Do not overspec (go beyond what makes sense for your property and area)10. Be realistic aboput how long everything will take and how much it will cost.