5 Most Cost-Effective DIY Jobs For The Bank Holiday

Do you have some DIY planned for the forthcoming Bank Holiday? Phil Spencer has given Zoopla his top 5 tips that are super-effective but also easy on your wallet

Our friends at Zoopla have been speaking with Phil Spencer, co-presenter of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location, about some top DIY tips that you may find useful if you have some home improvements planned for this forthcoming Bank Holiday


There are two types of DIY. The kind that's cost-effective which results in satisfying improvements to your home – and the kind you wish you’d never started.

If you’re staying put this Bank Holiday but don’t want to get your hands too dirty, try the following home improvements.

1. Paint the hallway

The hallway is, by its very nature, the room you most often use. What’s more, it’s also often free of furniture making the walls easy to access.  If you paint one room this weekend then, make it the hallway. Just don’t buy cheap paint. You’ll probably have to apply more so you won’t save money anyway.

2. Deep-clean the carpets

When’s the last time your carpets were cleaned? The answer is likely to be years ago – or never. But you can rent industrial carpet cleaners for under £25 a day, or buy your own for around £300.  It’s a bit of upheaval moving the furniture but carpets can often look as good as new.

3. Clear out the loft and garage

The prospect of carrying out jobs like these is never appealing but it makes sense to do them now, rather than wait until you move house and have hundreds more tasks to juggle.  Take a day at time and place unwanted items in piles for eBay, the second-hand shop or your local recycling centre or tip, which are typically open all over Bank Holiday.

4. Go on a light bulb splurge

Sweep the house and replace all dead light bulbs with new ones – chandeliers bulbs and spotlights are often the most neglected.  Lighting up those dark corners in your home again can make a big difference to how it looks and feels. Be sure to use energy-saving bulbs and LEDs which will last longer.

5. Change kitchen door handles and paint doors

Improving your kitchen doesn't have to mean buying a new one. Try sanding and painting the existing cupboard doors, replacing handles – and giving it a general deep spring clean. 

Phil's top 10 DIY tips

1. Manage your budget and work out the figures before you start

2. Be safe – ensure you are using the right equipment and wearing the right kit

3. Use the right tools for the job

4. Shop around DIY stores and online to compare costs

5. Don’t be afraid to experiment with smaller tasks – a lot of DIY disasters can be painted over

6. Avoid the latest fads that might only appeal for a few months

7. Don't take on more than you can handle

8. Always check if you need planning permission first for bigger jobs

9. Do not overspec (go beyond what makes sense for your property and area)

10. Be realistic about how long everything will take and how much it will cost.


This article was originally published by Zoopla on 17th May 2017

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