Thursday, 27 September 2018

DIY Renovations: Worth It or Waste of Time?

People love to talk about making a house a home. It could mean a lot of things to different people, but the general premise is that you’re aiming to create a home that you can connect with on a very deep level. Whether it’s soothing colours in your bedroom to help you wake up in the morning or a lovely spa-like experience in your bathroom, there’s nothing quite like a home that is free from IKEA furniture (at least, free from it looking the same as everyone else’s home!) and instead, completely personalized to your liking.

However, getting that kind of work done is expensive. Sure, you can hire a contractor, give them your ideas and create a completely bespoke home, but do keep in mind that this is incredibly expensive and you’re likely going to be left with a huge bill at the end of it. This isn’t really acceptable unless you have money to burn, so what other options are there?

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Do it yourself
DIY is a scary term for many people. It usually involves a lot of skill and work, and if it’s something as important as your home then you probably don’t want to mess anything up. Sadly, it’s very easy to break walls with power tools and you’re going to put yourself at risk if you try to do something like install a shelf and completely forget that you could be drilling into electrical wires in the wall.

There’s a lot behind DIY that simply cannot be avoided. It can end up getting really expensive, you could end up ruining your home and you might waste a lot of time, effort and money. As seen from this article at, DIY disasters can be extremely troublesome and difficult to recuperate from. But is that really it? Should you just forget about DIY and accept that huge price tag that comes with hiring a contractor?

Absolutely not!

So in this post, we’re going to talk about why DIY could be your saving grace and also why it’s well worth your time. It’s a skill that you’re going to get a lot of use out of, so be prepared to learn!

DIY is not as expensive as people think

The initial cost of DIY is, admittedly, quite high. You have to buy things like power tools, materials and maybe even spend a bit of money on lessons or books to help learn. However, that’s all part of the process and sooner or later, you’re going to pick up things that will help reduce the costs. For instance, you only need to buy a set of power tools once and you could even rent them if you’re unsure about buying cheaper budget tools. You could take a look at review website such as before you purchase any kind of power tool to ensure that you’re getting something that’s well worth your money.

In addition, once you find suppliers for materials, such as foam from, you can make huge savings and still get plenty of DIY work done. Speciality materials like foam need to be purchased from trusted suppliers–it’s not something you can just buy from Amazon and expect great quality!

So to conclude, DIY is only expensive initially, but once you get used to it, you’ll find yourself spending less and less to complete your projects.

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Learning how to DIY is simple
Although you may be tempted to pay for lessons and go to an official school or college, you’d be surprised at how much free information there is available on the internet. Whether it’s searching for tutorials on or going to an online learning resource to study from professionals, there are plenty of ways to build up your DIY knowledge without having to spend a single penny. Of course, paid resources are going to be a bit more comprehensive, but learning by example is actually the best way to approach DIY.

For instance, you can start simple by installing a shelf or two. This means looking up a video on how to install a shelf, reading the manuals of whatever shelf you bought and then getting yourself some tools. You can start slow and even if it takes you a week to install a shelf, at least you’ve learnt something useful that you can apply to future DIY projects. Next time, you can look at other tutorials such as how to make your own decorations or how to replace a lighting fixture. Over time, you’ll get plenty of practice and you’ll also realize that you’re building up your knowledge and skills at the same time that you’re performing practical renovations.

But is it really worth the time?

This article has probably given you a starry-eyed impression of DIY, but the reality is that you’re going to need to invest a lot of time, money and effort into learning how to DIY. for most people, this simply isn’t worth it and you’re better of just spending that money on a contractor so you can get the work done with minimal effort. This is completely understandable and shouldn’t be knocked. After all, they’re professionals and they’ll usually guarantee quality results or your money back. When you factor in the amount of time you’ll spend and the possibility of failure, then it can seem like the better option for most people.

However, if you want to build up your DIY knowledge, then we’d definitely recommend picking up a set of tools and practising. If you plan to move out in the future then you shouldn’t be too concerned about occasionally messing up your home (of course, as long as you own your home!) and the skills you learn will improve over time as you practice. This means that when you do finally move out, you can take all of that experience, all of your tools and your knowledge to help create the dream home that you’ve always wanted.

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