Home owners all over Europe love to remodel and spruce up their homes in order to make them the place of their dreams. Even in tough economic times, DIY home repairs still continue to thrive. But it’s during these tough economic times that we can use all the help we can get in saving a little bit of money.
If you’re a DIY hobbyist, or simply a home owner that needs to get some work done, here are five DIY tips to help you save money in 2011.
1. Invest Some Time in Research
For a lot of people, the whole idea of shopping is a nightmare. So to help you better cope, forget about shopping and do some research instead. The more research you can do, the more likely you are to get a better price. The Internet is especially helpful in finding what different stores have to offer, and you might even save money by ordering materials online.
2. Look for Close-Outs
Close-out sales are a great way to save money on your DIY projects. Wood flooring, for example, can frequently be found in close-out sales due to the fact that new products are constantly being introduced. There are even entire companies dedicated to selling close-out materials at reduced prices; they’re a great place to find a great deal.
3. Don’t be Afraid to Negotiate
While negotiating prices is usually not possible at a big-box chain store, a local chain or single store is much more likely to allow some wiggle room for prices. Don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson for a reduced price in exchange for buying a certain quantity of materials; perhaps you might even ask for free delivery.
4. Look for Cash Deals
Using the previous example of wood flooring, there are some stores that will offer consumers a better price if they are willing to pay with cash. That’s because retailers must pay a fee every time they accept a credit card. By offering a discount on cash transactions, the wood flooring store can avoid paying the credit card fee and gain a new customer.
5. Don’t Skimp on Quality
Often times, when we think about saving money on our DIY projects, the first thing to go is quality. But buying a lesser quality wood flooring material may end up costing more money in the future. If you’re saving money by purchasing wood flooring that’s likely to need replacement in 5 years, you’ll probably end up spending more money in the long run than you would if you purchased materials with a life expectancy of 10 to 20 years.
There are plenty more ideas to help you save money on DIY projects in 2011. Just remember that every little bit helps. Even if it’s just a few pounds here and there, saving a little bit on each project adds up to a lot when the end of the year rolls around.
Article was contributed by Nagle Flooring a solid wood flooring company specialising in a range of floors such as engineered walnut flooring. Save some money in the future by investing in a quality hardwood floor today.