If there’s anything that is going strong in the current of recession that is gripping the Western world, it is probably the craze for DIY. DIY provides the solution to many people as they prepare themselves to either sell their property or to embellish it to their preferences as they move into a new home. DIY can save you money if you are clever enough to do it well.
Take the first category – preparing to sell your Malta real estate. Many times after you have been living in a property for a number of years, you will have to contend the fact that your property may look pretty shabby and will need to be staged up by yourself or by a specialist in order to attract the attention of a possible buyer.
Keeping up the maintenance of your home has not only been proven to save you allot of money but has also been known to help in preventing extraordinary damages.
Take the second category – moving into a new house. You would want to make it feel your own as soon as possible. You will want to make it feel like home. Apart from moving in with your own stuff, you may feel the need to transform certain aspects of your real estate in Malta, of the furniture which comes with it, or of your own furniture so that this fits in the new scenario without a hitch.
“This wall could do with some whitewashing”…… “so we need new curtains”…… or “why don’t we change the face of these chairs?” Trying your hand at doing your own whitewashing, sewing or altering your own curtains, or even re-upholstering and re-painting those old chairs… these are all doable DIY jobs that can involve some well spent time and effort and cost you barely a few Euros at a time.
To make your DIY cost effective you can be inventive about things such as:
– Buying fabric to re-up holster your chairs from your local charity shop. The fabric usually comes cheap.
– Restyling old curtains to fit into new windows whilst reusing the same chord and lining.
– Using broken crockery to transform the exterior of your old pot plants with a crazy mosaic design.
– Repainting your cupboards (instead of changing them) with a different colour of paint.
For a DIY job to succeed, you need to know what you are doing not only to save yourself a futile waste of time, but also to save money and, even more importantly, to avoid injury. Any healthcare professional working in an emergency department will tell you that most injuries are caused by inexperienced real estate owners carrying out DIY jobs of a simple nature, yet without taking the necessary precautions related to safety. Using simple and basic precautions such as wearing eye protection, gloves, safety shoes and knee pads for instance, can make all the difference between a pleasant DIY experience and one with unpleasant repercussions.
Reading the instructions on the labels of products and those on equipment manuals also helps. If you consider all this a waste of time, remember that you are trying to work as an experienced handyperson when in fact you are probably not. Important hints on effective and safe working methods can be gleaned from helpful ironmongery owners, from You Tube videos and sources, from experienced friends, and from the companies which hire out basic DIY equipment. Listen to the hints and take heed of the warnings.
Ultimately there is nothing more satisfying than looking at a job well done. A finished project will make you a proud Malta real estate owner and is something which you can boast of and perhaps repeat with some more success in the future.
Remember, keeping your home up-to-date will help you avoid unwanted problems in the future, will save you money and just in case you the unexpected happens and you want to sell, you’ll be already prepared.
This article was written by Marika Azzopardi, a freelance writer and journalist. A frequent contributor to national English language papers and magazines, she writes about a bevy of topics including art, people and life in general. She is also the author of children’s books and short stories, delving into adult fiction from time to time.