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DIY Tips and Tricks for New Homeowners

11:39AM 23 August 2022

You’ve just bought your home. Congratulations! But that’s not the end of the journey. Now it’s time to get stuck in and make the place your own. That means, you’ll have your hands full with a variety of projects, tasks, and to-dos. Can you say, “money pit”? Unfortunately, no matter how determined you are to keep costs down, they can get out of hand very quickly. However, there are some things you can do to keep your spending in line. That’s why we decided to write this handy piece on money saving tips for new homeowners.

Set Your Budget Early On

This may seem like an obvious one, but its importance can’t be understated. When you’ve moved into your new home, you’ll have plenty of plates spinning at once. That means lots of costs to keep an eye on. By setting out a strict budget at the early stages – preferably before you have moved home – you will be able to prioritise accordingly. If the hallway chandelier is going to push you over budget, then perhaps it’s time to think of a more cost-effective alternative.

Cut Costs by Upcycling

DIY projects for new homeowners come in many different forms, most of which can be very costly. However, that isn’t to say they all have to be. Upcycling your old and existing furniture is a fun way to add some character to your new home. Whether it’s an old dining table, some chairs that have seen better days, or any random object, everything deserves a second lease of life. Plus, it will cost you next to nothing!

Do Your Own Painting

It’s always great to get an expert in because you know they’ll do a great job. A professional painter will source the paint, have all the equipment, and they’ll throw up a few coats in no time. But if you’re not in a rush, why not give it a go yourself? With just a little bit of research and a can-do attitude, you might just surprise yourself. Plus, if something does go wrong, fixing it will be painless. Should you wish to save even more money, why not ask a friend to borrow their painting equipment?

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Save Money with The Shutter Store

Carrying out your own DIY shutter installation is a great way to save money. How? Well, we’re about to tell you:

  • Save on energy bills – Shutters are fitted flush to your windows, meaning that the heat won’t escape due to drafts. Plus, they’re excellent for keeping out the sun’s rays during the summer months too.

  • Up to 40% cheaper – By going with The Shutter Store, you’ll save up to 40% against other survey and install services. Because we avoid charging you installation fees, we pass savings directly onto our customers.

  • Built to last – Shutters are built for durability as well as style. That means – given the proper care – your shutters will last 15, 20, 30 years, or longer! Plus, with every order you’ll get a 5-year warranty.

  • Add value to your home – Shutter blinds are a semi-permanent fixture. As such, they are an attractive bonus to any would-be buyer. So, if it ever comes time to sell, you’ll be thanking your stars (or shutters) for the bump in your home’s value.


Are Shutters Difficult to Install?

We often have customers tell us that they aren’t experiences at DIY. Fortunately, DIY doesn’t mean “Do It Yourself” in our book. We offer you easy-to-follow measure and install guides. Plus, our friendly team of experts are always here to help you along your plantation shutter journey.

Our faux wood shutters have the UK's quickest shutter delivery times, they'll be delivered in just 3 working days.


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If you still have questions, then we’d love to hear from you. Send an email today to hello@theshutterstore.co.uk. One of our team will get back to you ASAP. We can’t wait to hear from you.