Give your home a new year’s lease of life

If you’ve been putting off that maintenance job or DIY project for ages – stop. Here’s some advice on how to make the most of your home and garden The start of a new year is the perfect time to finally put those DIY plans into action and give your home a fresh lease of life. Whether you’re a hands-on DIYer or prefer to employ a professional, you’ll find everything you need for home improvements on DoneDeal. Pick a project 2014 could be the year for that long-awaited garden feature, a bathroom makeover, or a simple streamlining of the living room with shelves and storage units. It might also be time for some badly-needed maintenance work, the finishing touches to the last DIY job you undertook, or a whole new project. Whatever the job, make DoneDeal your first stop for both services and materials. Need some ideas on getting started? Read the articles in DoneDeal’s Blog and News section, such as Freshen up boring bathrooms, Give your bedroom some tlc and Bring new life to a dated kitchen. A lot of DIY jobs can be done by the average homeowner, so release your inner DIY god/goddess. You’ll not only save on labour costs, but there’s a great feeling of accomplishment in literally ‘doing it yourself’. Get help and advice from an experienced friend or family member, or an online tutorial. DIY jobs can vary in difficulty from simple painting to laying a patio in the garden or retiling a dated bathroom. Smart savings Have a look at DoneDeal’s House and DIY section for great deals on building materials, including: new and reclaimed flooring and skirting shelving kitchen cabinet units and doors interior doors exterior paving slabs paint and wallpaper tiles, tile adhesive and grout This section also has a range of machinery and tools for sale – everything you’ll need to carry out your home and garden projects. It might be worth investing in a basic set of tools, especially if you want to get serious about your DIYing. Hiring a professional If you’d prefer to project manage rather than get your hands dirty, take a look at the Building Services on offer and source local providers where possible. All types of tradesmen advertise their services on DoneDeal, such as: general building roof and gutter repairs stonework insulation painting and decorating carpentry brick laying Here are some tips to bear in mind before you hire anyone in to do a job in your home: do your research on how much the job should cost decide how much you’re willing to spend and don’t be afraid to ask for as many quotes as possible always make sure the tradesmen you use are registered, have their own insurance and are qualified to do the job in question – otherwise you’ll have no comeback if something goes wrong later always ask for references or testimonials from previous jobs they have carried out physically check out examples of their work for yourself, especially if they’re within your locality You can always put up your own ad on DoneDeal looking for local services and/or specific materials or items you need to carry out your DIY project. #GardenampLandscaping #HouseampDIY #NewYear