DIY Guide

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DIY can save you so much money but get it wrong and it can cost you to put it right.

By definition DIY translates as Do It Yourself. So instead of buying a product readily assembled or enlisting the help of a professional, we can opt for the less costly route and try and put it together ourselves.


Like with most things, a little time spent planning can avoid time lost on a DIY project going horribly wrong. This will allow you the time to think through exactly what’s required and let you get on with the job at hand. Make sure you work out costs involved so there are no surprises later on and then bring in all the equipment, tools and resources required. It is also of primary importance to consider the clothing you will wear as your safety and those around you is paramount. Equipment such as masks and goggles will further prevent accidents and keep clear your eyes and lungs respectively.


Tackle a job in achievable sections and don’t ‘bite off more than you can chew’. There is no need to feel obliged to complete a massive project from start to finish. Breaking things down into smaller objectives can often make things more attainable, increase your motivation and ultimately speed up the process. It also makes it far less likely to be left with large, uninspiring mess for weeks on end!


You can use the internet to buy products online, with most shopping sites these days accommodating credit card payment. The charge usually incorporates postage and packaging and the necessary delivery arrangements. Don’t forget to check the terms and conditions of purchase and make sure that you can return the products if need be.

Useful Websites

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  • B&Q DIY
    For all your diy needs for the garden and the home. Get ideas and advice as well as great products to improve your home and garden.
  • House Professionals
    Find UK builders, plumbers, electricians, painters and decorators and other tradesmen via town or postcode. Also includes ideas on DIY, home improvement and a number of key DIY shopping channels.
  • Truss Loft
    The UK's leading trussed rafter loft conversion company
  • Wickes DIY
    One of the UK's largest retailers of DIY products and building supplies for tradesmen and home improvement enthusiasts. From electric fittings to tools, get it all online.
  • Quotation Check
    Quotation Check is the United Kingdom's comprehensive guide to building costs.
  • Parker Tools
    Online DIY Store and Tool Shop offering Power Tool, Hand Tool and Garden Tool equipment, plus many other Tool Products for trade professionals and DIY Tool users.
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Further Reading

  • Guide To The Internet And DIY

    Find out how you can use the internet to get DIY tips and guidance. Find a trade or learn how to do it yourself, its all there at the press of a button!
  • First Time Buyers Guide

    Read our first time buyers guide as a way to making sure you know what you're doing! A simple consumers guide from
  • Tools For DIY

    Find all the tools you need online at great prices. Check our guide for more information and advice.
  • Saving For The Fun Things

    Why not consider saving for the fun things, rather than for usual boiler repairs or essential work in the house. It mught make you keener to save!
  • Build Yourself a Home Gym

    Building yourself a home gym can save huge amounts on gym memberships and this useful article gives information to build a home gym

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