The idea behind doing your own projects is that you’ll save money. However, as most DIYers know, that is not very likely to happen. Often a simple project turns into something more complicated and you end up spending far more overall. Certain parts of your project will be more expensive, so let’s take a look at how to reduce those costs.
Getting Cheaper Materials
Materials often boost the DIY budget, simply because you need to pay for larger amounts than you really need. For example, if you want to do something that requires a small piece of MDF, you’ll likely have to purchase the entire sheet.
You may be able to reduce the cost if you split the materials with someone else or buy a smaller portion from another person who already purchased the full sheet of MDF, or whatever material you need. Keep an eye out at boot sales to see if you can find smaller amounts of materials and if you undertake a project, keep the extra pieces around so you can use them in the future.
Spending Less on Tools
Tools are another huge expense. You will use them again in the future, perhaps, but the initial cost can be quite high. For items you won’t normally use that often, you may prefer to rent the tools. This allows you to use high-level tools for your project, without having to spend the money to buy them new.
While you will probably go ahead and buy a hammer or basic tools that you can get cheaply, bigger items are best rented if you won’t use them that often. If you do choose to purchase tools like sanders or chainsaws, be sure to look for second-hand versions. These used tools can be considerably more economical than new.
Bartering for Help
Need an extra set of hands? If you’re struggling to complete the project on your own, you may want to bring in a little extra help. This is something that can be very useful and may even help you if you don’t have the necessary skills for the task you’re attempting. However, hiring help can be costly, so you may wish to try bartering.
Bartering is simply trading something of value for something else of value. This is where you will need to have something that is worth the barter. It can be a physical good, a service, or just about anything you would like to trade. For example, you might help someone else with their roofing project in exchange for help building a shed. Get creative and see what you can offer.