If you’re anything like me, things have the potential to fall down around your ears at home because you don’t quite have the money to get to it yet. The back door with the handle that hangs askew, the chipping paint on the front fence, the kitchen drawers that don’t really close.
All those things cost money to fix. But with a bit of ingenuity and patience, you can have your house looking brand new and without having to break the bank.
There are a million ways to get stuff done around the house cheaply, here are a couple.
Make Your Own
Keeping your house bright and shiny is a constant job, affording the variety of products you apparently need to achieve this is an expensive business.
So why not save money and make it yourself? Baking soda and vinegar are the essentials of any home, and using them to clean around your house will not only save you money, but will help you avoid the hidden ingredients of commercial cleaning products. There are tones of recipes on the Interne for more in-depth products, so Google your way to cheap cleaning products!
Plumb the depths
For complicated things, the best money saving measure you can employ when it comes to plumbing is to bring in someone who knows what they’re doing. But for the simple stuff, it’s not too hard to work it out for yourself and save some money. Know how to shut off the main and individual water valves so if something goes bust, you can avert a flood. Check for leaks, and replace washers if the faucet starts to drip.
Some professionals recommend a once-yearly washer replacement, as any leaks will cost you money.
I am in no way suggesting you should tile an entire bathroom by yourself. I know people who have attempted this feat, and it’s tested their entire reserve of sanity. But a couple of cracked tiles? Not an impossibility. Scrape the grout from around the damaged tile, then carefully chip out the broken tile with a chisel.
Scrape out the old adhesive, cover the replacement tile with adhesive and you’ve saved yourself a bundle.
Draughts lose you money- you’re pumping the heating to try and stay at a reasonable temperature, only to find that all your precious warm air is escaping out the bottom of the door, I can’t say this is anything I’ve ever done, but apparently you can find draught excluders at Bunnings.
Or you can buy one of those weird snake things.
Back On The Shelf
Space has to be one of the big reasons we spend money on homes, namely to get more of it. But instead of calling a builder every time you would like somewhere to shove your collection of ceramic cats, why not fit the shelves yourself? Drill a hole, fit a wall plug and put up the shelf. You’ve saved yourself a whole lot of money, as long as you’re pretty good with aiming straight.
Build a Clothesline
If you’re spending huge money on electricity bills, it may be time to reevaluate the dryer. Building a clothesline really doesn’t have much to it, and can suit DIY of any level- from stringing up a piece of cord through to hooks and plugs and all manner of complex tasks. It’ll save you a lot of money, and with summer coming up, the clothes are sure to dry.