If you want to decorate your home, and don’t want it to cost a fortune, then you might already know where to get the best deals, and how to make sure you get a bargain. Alternatively you might not know where to start.
Here’s what you need to think about.
1. You’ll want to set yourself a realistic budget. Perhaps you think you can do it on the cheap, or maybe you want to have specific items, and want to get them as cheap as your can.
2. It’s important that you decide where you’re going to get everything you need from. DIY shops might be more convenient, but a trade supplier can work out cheaper.
3. Before you go, why not see if there are any discounts available? Perhaps you can get a discount on a certain day as you are a pensioner. Maybe you’ll find voucher codes online, or maybe you’ll meet the minimum spend for free delivery.
4. When you know where you’re going to things your decorating items from, you’ll have to decide exactly what you want from each shop, before you go shopping. This way you won’t be tempted to spend more than you have to, and go over your budget
5. It’s a good idea to be prepared to compromise if there is a significant cost saving on different colours, or slightly different specifications than what you’d anticipated. Perhaps you’re willing to put up with a plain design, or not quite the colour of paint, or style of wallpaper you wanted, if you’re going to save a lot of money.
6. It’s also a good idea to see if there are any obvious bargains or clearance sections in store too. Also depending on where you go, there might be a “basics” or “value” range of products such as tools, or sealants or paints that might meet your needs, especially if there is a big cost saving.
7. If you’re buying a lot of items, and spending a lot of money, there’s nothing wrong with trying to negotiate a better price. You’ll also want to haggle if you’re buying the display model or the last of the end of range products too. Cheap bathroom suites can often be picked up over Bank Holidays, depending on where you go. You might be able to get a shower bath at a reduce price, simply by being in the right place at the right time.
8. If you know exactly what you want, why not save the time and hassle of going to a store, and buy online? With usually better prices, and more product information, you’ll probably be able to find what you’re looking for cheaper. It’ll also be more convenient too.
9. Depending on what you want, and when you want it, you might be able to take advantage of seasonal discounts. A lot of home decorating and DIY will take place over Easter, as people have time off, and garden work will be done during the summer. People also want their homes to loo good for Christmas too. It might be worth waiting for quieter periods if you’re in no rush to do up your home. Also remember, that you can snap up a bargain if you look for your Christmas tree and decorations in January, and start looking for garden furniture when other people are looking for Christmas trees.
10. No matter what you want for your home, you’ll want value for money. Choosing products on price, so that you don’t spend a lot isn’t necessarily cost effective. You’ll want whatever you buy to do its job properly, and make your home look how you want it to. There’s no point in buying the last roll of brown wallpaper, or tin of yellow paint because it’s cheap, if it’s not what you want. It’s better to spend more and get it right, than have to decorate again, because you got it wrong the first time.
Now you know what to look for, and how to get it right, you’ll be able to decorate your home and get value for money.