First Home DIY

Buying your first home as a young couple is something you have probably only dreamed about. It is tough enough trying to save for a deposit to secure a home loan let alone finding the spare cash to renovate the home once you have purchased it.

But don’t let it get you down, there are so many Do It Yourself repair jobs that you and your partner can carry out that will help save you money and make a more comfortable and enjoyable living environment.

Purchasing an Unfinished Home

Did you know DIY’ers account for half of the American home improvement market? And in the year 2008, 73% of the home improvement jobs carried out was Do It Yourself home repair jobs, a majority of these were by young couples.

This is due to the increasing trend towards the purchasing of unfinished homes amongst young couples. Although interest rates are currently at record lows, owning your own home is still only a dream for many, but by buying an unfinished home it can save you money and give you the ability to create the finished home you really want.

Unfinished homes will typically have bedrooms or certain areas that require finishing or home repair. In most cases they will include a finished kitchen, bathroom and at least one bedroom. This gives couples the opportunity to get stuck in and finish off the house in their own personal style.

If you are like other young couples you will also be thinking about your future needs when looking to purchase a first home, so you will need to think about how the house can be molded to meet these. As you may find most houses in your price range will not meet your space requirements but by undertaking DIY home improvement you have the power to create the spaces you want. As long as it is structurally possible you will be able to open up living areas by knocking down walls, create additional bedrooms, add on en suites and install doors flowing to outside areas, helping to form the type of home that works for you and your family.

DIY Jobs

Home repair and renovation doesn’t need to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. There are plenty of areas where you can improve your home and step by step increase the value of your property.

Have you thought about doing the following repairs yourself?

  • Sanding
  • Painting
  • Wallpaper
  • Mouldings
  • Light fixtures
  • Landscaping
  • Installing kitsets
  • General clean up

Downgrade on Accessories

If you are like most young couples you won’t have thousands of dollars to spend on accessories and appliances when making DIY home improvements, but you still want to create a professional finish.

When you are creating your initial budget list out everything you want to include and then split it into ‘Must haves’ and ‘want to haves’. Then leave the want to haves like microwaves, dishwashers, outdoor bbq areas, swimming pools or that ambitious home theatre room for when you have the finances.

Instead of spending excessive amounts of money on designer items try to think economically about it. Substitute those power sucking garden lights for solar ones, that are not only better for the environment but also better for you and your partner’s wallet.

Despite the labour, frustrations and challenges of undertaking home repairs, DIY home improvement is well worth the savings and in some cases may be the only to achieving your home owner’s dream.