18 April 2016

Looking to revamp your home this May?

If you’re keen to spruce up your house this spring, the two May bank holiday weekends could provide the perfect opportunity.

The long weekends of April 30th to May 2nd and May 28th to 30th 2016 offer us precious extra time which can be spent on DIY jobs big or small.

With 80% of us preferring to carry out home improvements ourselves rather than hiring tradespeople, there’s likely to be plenty of DIY going on around the UK. So what could you achieve in a couple of hours, a day, or over the course of a bank holiday weekend?

A couple of hours

Paint a feature wall – This can give a room an instant lift, whether you want to highlight a specific area or add a splash of bold colour to your home without going overboard. A feature wall gives you the freedom to use either a single colour or a snazzy pattern.

Assemble flat-pack furniture – Flat-pack items offer a cost-effective way of breathing new life into a home. But reading the instructions first could save you a lot of time – not to mention stress – when it comes to self-assembly furniture. Check that all the components are there and work through each stage carefully.

Half a day

Revamp old furniture – The ‘shabby chic’ trend is all the rage, with upcycling allowing you to revitalise tired-looking furniture instead of forking out for expensive new items. Painting is one way to revamp furniture which has potential but needs a bit of TLC.

Stain decking – Wooden decking needs to be cleaned and treated regularly to stop it rotting and becoming slippery – so once it’s clean, use a specialist decking stain for maximum protection. But check the weather forecast first. For instance, don’t apply the stain in direct sunlight as you won’t get an even coverage, and allow the decking to dry for 24 hours before using it.

A full day

Wallpaper a room – Wallpapering can quickly rejuvenate a room which has lost some of its lustre, and it’s something you can easily learn yourself with a bit of practice. Once you’ve mastered the tricky bits like corners and light switches – you’ll be ready to wallpaper any type of room.

A whole weekend

Put up a fence – A new fence could give you extra privacy and security, plus it’s generally cheaper than building a wall. But remember that putting up a new fence is hard work, so it’s useful to have at least one extra pair of hands.

Tile a floor – While this isn’t a job for complete amateurs, it can be done over a bank holiday weekend if you’re already a dab hand at DIY.

Paying for DIY improvements

With billions spent on DIY each year according to Nationwide research, savings, loans and credit cards can all help you manage and spread the costs of home improvement work.

But whether you plan to dip into your savings or borrow to brighten up your property over the May bank holidays, it’s important to budget carefully so you don’t end up biting off more than you can chew.

Find out more about Nationwide’s credit cards, personal loans and savings.

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