If you have a big DIY project at home that needs to be started, you’re going to need to be equipped with the right tools for the job. Here is a quick list to help you save a little cash when heading down to your DIY store.
Make a list
Before you head to the store, make sure you take the time to sit down and work out exactly what you need. This will greatly reduce your number of trips to the shop, as well as curbing your temptation to be seduced into buy something you probably don’t need.
Always make sure you take colour samples with you when heading to the shop for any decorating or DIY supplies. This way, you will always get a match that is perfect rather than a guestimate. You will save time and money if you head to the shops prepared.
Unless necessary, avoid shopping for supplies at the weekends – the aisles will be full of stray children and the shops are less likely to have exactly what you want. Head out on your shopping trip mid week to avoid the crowds for better service and a stress-free shopping experience.
If your project isn’t urgent and you have a clear idea of exactly what you need, scour the internet for cheap deals. Keep an eye out for special offers, such as free returns, just in case you’re disappointed by what turns up in the post. It’s also worth remembering that price comparison sites are not only useful for finding buildings insurance, but can be useful when shopping for supplies too.
If you need a tool that you’ll probably never use again, or is a little more expensive than you’d like to shell out for, simply hire the tool. DIY stores usually hire out their tools for a fee, but friends who are DIY inclined are likely to lend them to you for free.
Take measurements of any spaces before you step out of the door and keep a measuring tape in your back pocket. This will save you the hassle of getting something home and realising it won’t fit in the space you want it to live in.