Buying a house is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. On top of having a place to call your own, you learn a bunch of new skills in the process. Including how to run from one house viewing to another, how to not cry after paying hundreds of pounds for a PDF, and how to hassle solicitors.
But once the painstaking conveyancing process is over and you’ve got your keys, then you start to learn a more valuable set of skills: DIY skills! Properties that require modernising, or as we like to call them, doer-uppers, are somewhat more of a challenge than a new build or a recently renovated property. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to anyone who took a leap and bought their very own doer-upper!
So, where do I start?
First things first, as always with property, is to look at your finances. Whilst you typically won’t be able to renovate every room all at once, you might want to start with the higher priority jobs first. Therefore you need to work out how much money you will need to put aside for each material and tool you may require to complete the job.
Whether you’re eager to get rid of the avocado bathroom or the wooden kitchen units are cramping your style, decide which one needs renovating first. Otherwise you could be completely sinkless (and smelly) for a number of weeks!
Wilko will be your best friend
There’s so many things to consider when renovating a home, wouldn’t it be great if there was a shop that supplied furnishings, potted plants, and screws? Oh wait, there is. When you start your DIY ventures, we guarantee that Wilko will dominate your bank statements for a good few months. Of course, there is B&Q – but Wilko is cost-friendly and has just the tools you need. For our budget conscious doer-uppers, we recommend Wilko!
Introducing: the handy-hammer drill
One of the best tools you can invest in is the trusty hammer drill. Whilst a regular drill will help you with any loose fittings around the house, a hammer drill allows you to break into those tougher interior and exterior walls. Hammer drills are inexpensive and easy to get your hands on, making them the most versatile tool for indoor and outdoor renovation!
Hacks for DIY projects
Everyone has a vision about how they want their place to look. Most property sales typically take two to four months to complete, depending on the chain and various circumstances. In that time, you’ve probably had a play around on Photoshop or done a bit of sketching to determine how you are going to decorate your new pad.
Unfortunately, the latest bathroom suite from Victoria Plumbing can be somewhat pricey, therefore we’ve compiled a list of our best DIY hacks to save you time and money on your house renovation checklist!
Swapping out new kitchen units is a costly job, therefore we recommend looking at vinyl stickers and decals to transform old, tired cupboards – giving them a new lease of life. These are inexpensive and you can purchase rolls online with various colours, finishes and styles. We found this useful video to help you on your way!
Paint the front door
First impressions really do count and whilst you might want to purchase a brand new door, they can cost upwards of £300! Luckily, there are different paint options available so that you can transform your door for a fraction of the price. That uPVC white door got you down? Follow this guide to painting a uPVC door and give your home an entrance to be proud of!
Transform your taps (without the plumbing costs)
Getting new fixtures is expensive and then they need to be installed, which is usually best done by a tradesperson. Why not skip all these costs and buy a can of spray paint? Transform your taps in seconds and save more money for wine. Top tip: don’t forget to put masking tape around the fixtures, wear a mask and keep the room well ventilated.
Check out Freecycle or Freegle
Freecycle and Freegle are not-for-profit organisations that are community led and encourage the recycling of old and used items! You simply sign up to your local area and you’ll find numerous adverts for people giving away old furniture, building materials and whatnot. You must act quick however, as some more popular items won’t stick around forever. Top tip: to tackle this you can set up email alerts and get notified when something is added to the site. One man’s trash is another’s treasure, after all!
Create more space
Effective storage solutions are the best way to keep your DIY project running smoothly and embrace each nook and cranny of your new home. Foam storage can be created using easy peel custom foam – a practical solution that can be stowed in drawers, under beds and in kitchen cabinets to create more space!
You can also use custom foam in toolboxes, which is perfect for keeping all your new tools protected. Need more tips on keeping tools safe from harm? Check out our blog 12 tips to prevent a rusty tools problem.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for more information. Feel free to explore our blog section, too. It’s packed with insights from the exciting world of DIY and renovation!
Good luck with your doer-upper and most importantly, have fun with it and get creative – and remember, there isn’t a landlord telling you what you can and can’t do!