5 Fail Safe Ways To Help You Keep Your Project Within Budget

5 Fail Safe Ways To Help You Keep Your Project Within Budget

Due to the recent economic climate more and more people are deciding to go down the route of DIY when tackling repairs and improvements in their homes. It is a great achievement to have created or fixed something at home with your own hands, and a greater achievement when you avoid the expense of it. DIY is an inexpensive alternative to calling in the contractors but remember the costs can still add up and make a bigger than expected hole in your budget. My advice is to follow these simple tips to help you cut down on the majority of expenses.

Plan your Project. I know this may sound obvious but it constantly surprises me when people don’t sit down and properly think out their plan when starting a home improvement project. It is so important to research what you are doing. Make lists of each stage that needs to be completed and in what order. Knowing what projects you’ll be undertaking in advance allows you to save money in other ways. It always makes sense to plan ahead. Make a list of things that may go wrong, this may seem a little pessimistic but knowing this will make it much easier if the worst occurs. Unfortunately unexpected problems may well occur. However, if you have a detailed plan and an understanding of what you are facing, these problems can be dramatically reduced.

Which Tools will you Need. They may say a bad workman blames his tools but I think there are times when this is acceptable. Not having the right tools for a job will make it near impossible. Although many experienced DIY enthusiasts will already have a good set of tools, sometimes specific jobs need specific equipment. Usually these types of tools are expensive and do not have a broad range of use, so in this situation I suggest contacting a tool hire company rather than purchasing. Hiring can save you both money and storage space, however work out exactly how long you will need it. You do not want a situation where you are paying for equipment while it stands idol waiting for it to be used.

Shopping Around. In my opinion shopping for new materials is the best bit, perhaps it’s the shopaholic in me. It takes all my strength not to jump straight to the cashier when I find something I like. However, this is not the plan when trying to avoid major costs; I suggest shopping around, a lot. Comparison shopping is a great way to find bargains as prices can vary seasonally and by retailers. Remember there is a big difference between bagging a great bargain and buying cheap materials. Do not take the short cut method and end up paying twice as much in the long term. If we go back to our old faithful plan, looking in advance you will be able to find quality materials for lower prices.

Buy in Bulk. Buying materials in bulk really saves you money. Create a long term plan for your various DIY projects and think in advance what you are going to need. Make a list of everything you will need and buy enough for several projects at once. Perhaps a friend is starting a similar project, join forces and buy enough for both of you while cutting down on the expenses. Buying materials ahead of when you need them may pose a difficulty when storing, but weigh up the costs and see what works best for you.

Know when to bring in the Professionals. DIY is all about ‘doing it yourself’, getting your hands dirty and producing something yourself. It is a great mentality to have and will save you money in the process, but you need to know when a job is too big to tackle on your own. Look at your plan, is there something that indicates a mistake will result in costly repairs? If so a contractor may be the best way to go. We need to avoid being one of those ‘home improvement gone wrong’ examples out there. Contractors may be expensive and not ideal, but getting the job done correctly saves you time, money and stress in the long run.

Charlotte Critchley is a keen DIY enthusiast working on behalf of Hire Station specialists in tools for industry, construction and DIY.


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    Comment by Chicago Garage Doors: Jul 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    In fact lots of people have finance problem so by this they can easily do repairing in their homes by their hands with out paying a single penny.

    Best Regards.

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    Comment by Alex@Plumbers Blackpool: Aug 4, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I think no. 5 it’s the most difficult to achieve. There are many points where you can ruin almost (or all) your work and lose lots of money. Better to call in the professionals…just my opinion

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