#TuesdayTips – step up the DIY this bank holiday

Posted 24 May 2016 by Helen Christie

The bank holiday can be a great time to get your DIY hat on...

If you’re planning to use the long weekend to get on with some jobs around the house, the best thing you can do to make the whole process easier is to prepare in advance. At WhatHouse? we’ve put together a few top tips to help make your DIY weekend a breeze...

Plan ahead

Work out what it is you want to achieve over the weekend and what you’ll need. If possible, head to the shops beforehand to make sure you’ve got everything – plus that way you’ll avoid the rush. Also make sure to take any measurements you might need before you go to the shops! If possible, work out how much time you will need, whether it is for paint drying or try and figure out roughly how long each part of the DIY project will take so you can allow yourself plenty of time.

Get prepping

If possible, get the DIY area ready the night before. If you’re planning on painting, move the furniture and cover the floor, that way you can start early and make the most of your day. If your DIY includes tools, make sure you know where they all are so you don’t spend the morning frantically searching.

Start early

It’s tempting to indulge in a lazy lie in on a long weekend or call someone in to help you, but if you have DIY aspirations, it’s infinitely better to start early and get things done, rather than getting to the end of the day and realising you’re only halfway through – you don’t want to end up rushing anything or leaving something unfinished.

Think of future benefits

While small defects don't have a huge impact on the value of your property, added together they can have an effect on any future potential buyer's first impression. This bank holiday weekend could be the time to address any small cracks, fix that tap that's been dripping for months and give all the main rooms a lick of paint.

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