17 Home DIY Skills That Save You the MOST Money

Over the last 20 years I’ve done up several homes including where we now live. In that time, both the husband and I have picked up a lot of new DIY skills allowing us to tackle home renovation ourselves, saving us a tonne of money in the process. We learned that some of these skills are more valuable than others, particularly when we’ve had to employ professionals for one reason or another, and teaching yourself to take on these jobs can save you so much money on your decorating.

So I thought it might be fun and useful to list out these home DIY skills that save you the most money, based on our experience. Of course, you need to feel competent at tackling these jobs. Botch them and you could end up spending MORE money correcting your mistakes. And of course there are some jobs that only the professionals should tackle, particularly gas and electric, where you need certification.

17 Home DIY Skills That Save the MOST Money:

  1. Painting is one of the easiest jobs that we can all master that saves you a lot of money over employing a professional decorator. Rates in my area are about £300 per medium sized room so doing this easy job yourself saves a huge amount of cash you can spend on the finished look.
  2. Hanging wallpaper isn’t as difficult as you might think. Start with a simple design with no pattern repeat in a smaller room and follow a few YouTube videos for help. Again another skill that saves you calling in the decorators.
  3. Using a drill and feeling confident with it will save you so much money on the basics like putting up shelves, curtain poles and blinds.
  4. Learn now to measure, cut and apply your own skirting boards. They’re the essential finishing touch that complete your room and mastering the skill of mitres is one well worth achieving.
  5. Laying wooden floors, whether a laminate or real wood can save you hundreds of pounds. It’s a more intense skill but if you’re confident with a saw and have the patience this one is well worth the money. A floorer can cost you around £20 per sq. metre which soon adds up.
  6. Installing a new light pendant, chandelier or wall light is something easy to tackle as long as you’re safe.
  7. Build your own flat pack furniture instead of calling in a handy person. Take your time, follow the instructions and use the right tools.
  8. Replacing the doors in your home is a great way to give it a fresh look, and learning to hang them yourself will save a lot of money on a joiner for sure.
  9. Renovating a bathroom or kitchen is the most expensive updates and it’s often labour that costs the most. Bring this cost down by learning how to tile yourself. It’s not a difficult as it seems and with a little practice and the right tools this is one you can achieve.
  10. Building and installing your own kitchen cupboards will save you a HUGE amount of money. Buy from IKEA, measure and install yourself to save a packet on a kitchen renovation.  17 Home DIY skills that really should tackle yourself, saving you the MOST money when you don't need to hire a professional. Can you do all of these?
  11. Installing your own washing machine is much easier that many people think, and very straight forward so do this one yourself before calling a plumber.
  12. One of the most expensive tradesmen can be a plasterer and whilst this is a more specialised skill, it’s well worth picking this one up and tackling this job yourself if you can.
  13. Changing the locks on your front or back doors is a simple job but one that costs a lot if you need to call out a professional.
  14. Changing taps or any basic plumbing job is well worth tackling. Be careful, no your limits and understand the system before tackling any of these tasks, but being competent at the simple ones will save you having to call a plumber.
  15. Upcycle your own furniture instead of buying new. Revamp something old into a stylish piece of functional storage for your newly decorated room.
  16. Master a sewing machine, save hundreds of pounds and make your own curtains, blinds and cushions. I’ve saved so much money over the years doing this.
  17. Make your own wall art and discover your inner creative side. Whether you adorn a blank canvas with your designs, or simple frame your favourite wrapping paper, this is an easy way to save money on the finishing touches to your home.

How many of these home DIY skills have you mastered?

Images: Room renovation || DIY Decorator || via Shutterstock

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
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  1. Kate
    August 4, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Ha, I’ve mastered very few thus far! I can paint, wallpaper, and put together my own flat pack furniture, but that’s about it..

  2. Kimberly Duran
    August 4, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I feel pretty damn proud that between my other half and I, we have mastered every single one of the jobs on your list with the exception of #10 as we kept the kitchen cupboards we had when we moved in. It’s funny when you look at the full list like that because it really drives home just how much we’ve saved – it’ll easily number into the thousands of pounds. I’ll add one – we learned how to make our cellar a totally dry space and were able to finish it so it was a new living space in our home. I think we ended up saving around £10k on that one 😉 Great post! xx

  3. Oldfashionedsusie
    August 4, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I’ve always been obsessed with how plastering works, I’d love to learn that skill!

  4. Anna
    August 5, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Painting is such a valuable skill to have that will completely transform a room on its own. Definitely a good idea to pick up a brush and hone those skills!

  5. Isabella
    August 7, 2017 / 4:27 am

    I never thought that I can tackle above DIYs. but now I find some of them are really doable and funny. Definitely, I will try my best to learn some of this skills and do some experiment with it.

    Thanks JEN for inspiring me.

  6. Carole King
    August 7, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    I actually like painting. And I’m lucky that my other half is pretty damn good at most things. Definitely a money saver.

  7. Claire | Heart Handmade UK
    August 7, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Mister Heart Handmade UK has become pretty proficient with filler… on account of his skills with a drill not being quite up to scratch. Great post! x

  8. Cate
    August 8, 2017 / 9:35 am

    So many good tips! With our renovations, we’ve saved money by doing a lot of the work ourselves, especially painting and decorating. Funnily enough I’m the one in the house who is most practical rather than my boyfriend, he can barely change a lightbulb, ha! x

  9. Rachel @ Fresh Design Blog
    August 8, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Great list but, ahem, not adding up which of these I’ve mastered….!

  10. Ron Rusitar
    August 25, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    A great article and lots of valuable tips to take away. Oh to be able to plaster a wall, is there anything more satisfying than seeing a freshly plastered room.

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