How Much Money Can DIY Save You?


Owning a house is expensive, there are bills to pay, decorating to be done and a constant stream of things that require your attention. If you have your wits about you and are happy to put in a bit of hard work to save some money then you’ll probably turn to DIY.

Let’s talk figures shall we? Just how much money can you save by doing DIY rather than getting someone else to do the work for you? Here are some of the most popular tasks:

Painting a Room

If you get the decorators in you could be charged anything from £100-£400 per room! That’s a staggering amount of money, especially if you consider how many rooms you have in your house – you could easily end up paying over a grand for this job.

Doing this yourself is not only incredibly easy, it is much, much cheaper! Drop cloths, paint rollers, paint brushes and paint aren’t likely to cost you more than £200 for everything. That’s an incredible saving per room and what’s more, you could quite happily paint at least two rooms a day.

Installing Kitchen Splashback

A handyman, tiler or general builder will happily install a splashback in your kitchen. This will probably cost you between £200-£1,000 depending on how much work needs to be done and if they need to purchase the materials. Again, the size will determine the amount of time this takes, but typically a small area will take half a day while a larger area could take up to two full days.

Learning to tile yourself is relatively straight forward, but it is a good idea to get some practice in before tackling your kitchen. The materials you need will cost around £200-£400 depending on the tiles you choose. If you’re confident with DIY then there are some real savings to be made here, but if you’re not sure about tiling then maybe look into UPVC wall panels or you could consider hiring someone in.

Install Coving

This may appear to be a big job, especially as it acts as a feature to the room, but it actually isn’t that difficult with a little bit of know how. Doing it yourself is relatively straight forward and the costs are relatively low, with coving for an average sized room costing no more than £60. You can either use an adhesive or small nails – both of which you’d get plenty of change back from £10.

Buying the right tools

Getting a builder in to do this job will be far costlier than carrying out the task yourself. At the very least you’re looking at roughly £250 per room – that’s not factoring in the price for painting the coving.

Hanging a Door

You may be surprised to find that the average cost for hanging a single door is around £75 – that’s with you supplying the door, hinges, handle and locks. This job will take a professional around half a day, possibly less – meaning that you’re left with a fully working door in no time at all.

Hanging the door yourself will save you £75 per door, but expect it to take you a fair bit longer than half a day. Until you get the hang of it, a single door could take you all day to fit correctly. It’s definitely worth thinking about whether your time is really worth what you’ll be saving.


Carrying out a project yourself will typically take you longer than a trained professional, but that’s to be expected. However, with a little bit of guidance and enough time you can save yourself hundreds by carrying out the work yourself. Thanks to the internet, it is incredibly easy to get the best prices on materials, which can save you even more cash, as well as learning the basic skills you need to do practically any job.

2 Responses to How Much Money Can DIY Save You?

  1. Last year, I painted my room and I didn’t imagine that I totally saved money from it. Before I decided to DIY, I made a thorough research to learn some tips.

  2. Jack says:

    I’ll almost always try to DIY any home repairs, assuming it’s nothing structural or dangerous.

    The one exception is plumbing. I’ve been bitten so many times by what appears to be a simple plumbing job turn into a nightmare that I just call the plumber. It seems like any time I touch a plumbing fixture, three other plumbing bits start leaking. Ugh.

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