At this time of year when the dark nights are closing in, and the weather seems about as appealing as watching James Corden strike his David Beckham pose, many UK residents will start to feel a little bit bored during their free time – know what I mean? Though we all like to pretend we look forward to winter for the cosy nights in front of the TV, most of us soon realise that X Factor isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and our minds start wandering.
If this applied to you, I’ll bet you’ve already been looking around your property for odd jobs that could occupy your mind over the next few weeks, it’s just that finances tend to get in the way, and those Christmas presents aren’t going to buy themselves are they. Even so, I’ve been doing a bit of research recently about a kitchen renovation, and have managed to discover some really effective methods of cost-cutting that most people have probably never thought of.
With this in mind, I’ve taken a moment or two to write this quick post in an attempt to share the knowledge and perhaps even help you to find something to do until December. Have a quick read through, and I’m confident you’ll find it of some use.
Keeping Labor Costs Down
The first thing you need to do is become a bit of a DIY buff, because if you want to save as much money as possible for little Jimmy’s new bike, you’re going to have to do most of the work yourself. Paying for specialist tradesmen really isn’t necessary when designing or installing a new kitchen, and there are plenty of books and manuals detailing how to do any job you could possibly come across – so don’t be a fool, and go back to school.
Using Only Cheap Material
Ten years ago, if you’d said to me “should I pay for real marble worktops?” My honest answer would have been “yes – without a shadow of a doubt.” But thanks to recent advancements in technology and some really cool synthetic plastics, nowadays you can get almost identical imitations that will do the job just fine.
Likewise, don’t buy the most expensive laminate flooring thinking that it’s going to be any more durable than the cheapest option. Just make sure you read customer reviews online of any products before you buy, and everything should be okay.
Buying From One Retailer
Most kitchen retailers will offer you fantastic deals if you decide to buy all your materials in one transaction from their stores. I recently used www.fitmykitchen.co.uk and found them to be absolutely unbeatable on price. Also, the service I received was brilliant, and most of the items I ordered arrived the very next day – which as I’m sure you can imagine, is always going to be a positive thing.
So there you have it folks! Hopefully now I’ve given you enough inspiration to get up from the sofa, turn off Dancing on Ice, and do something productive whilst so many others are lazing around.