Where did my money go? If you are anything like millions of other people around the globe, then it’s more than likely that you too have often been puzzled by the same question. At other times, we are perfectly aware of the expenses, and yet, it does very little to alleviate the present situation all the same!
Some of us really don’t have enough and some have just enough to get by, without managing to save up anything significant in terms of savings. As career discussions are best left for another topic, here, we are going to discuss a few proven ways to save money on home renovations and repairs.
Choose Your Home Renovations Carefully
According to survey data revealed by a bank in the UK, Brits end up spending upwards of £83 billion every year on an average, solely on home improvement projects. This means that the average UK homeowner is spending around £3,048 per year on renovations alone.
To keep your finances protected from this expensive addiction and put your money to good use elsewhere, consider the following tips for your next renovations project:
- Choose materials that are meant to last; it’s okay if it costs more, as long as it lasts longer too
- Don’t give in to the “trends,” as house renovations are a lot more costly to replace with every season than clothes
- Stay classy with classic designs, colours and patterns; they will stay relevant, irrespective of the passing trends
- Prioritise functionality over décor; you will appreciate such decisions more with time
- Direct your budget to repairs first, improvements later
- Home appliances have a longer lifespan than the manufacturers care to admit; don’t upgrade unless you feel that there is a need to
Learn a Bit About DIY Repairs
You will need a professional to check up on your electric lines and heating system for sure, but do you really need to call in a repairman every time a piece of furniture breaks a leg, or the handle from a pot comes off? Some of us will most likely discard the broken stuff if it’s cheap, while the expensive appliances/tools/products will be sent to their respective repairing services.
With just a bit of DIY knowledge however, you can easily learn to repair a lot of stuff around the home, all by yourself. For example, fixing a broken pot handle, or gluing back the broken legs of a piece of metallic furniture is quite possible with a strong product, namely industrial grade super glue for metals. Gluing broken appliances and tools together doesn’t take too much of a DIY experience or knowledge either – just some precautions, the basic know-hows, and adequate protective measures are mostly sufficient.
Paint Your Own Home
Painting the whole house may or may not be a feasible idea, depending on what your plans are and how much experience you have. However, if it’s about just painting a single room, the windows, or may be a few doors, try to learn the basics online. It’s not that difficult and you will save good deal of money by skipping the professional painter.
There is a sharp difference between saving money on repairs and ignoring them, so don’t end up doing the latter! The principle idea is to invest wisely, repair what you can on your own, and maintain what you have regularly to make them last longer than expected.