Brits would rather do it themselves

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Research has shown that when it comes to home improvement, we’d much rather don our own overalls; get out the old paintbrushes and crack open the tins of paint ourselves.

This Home Improvement Month (April 1-30), eight in ten say they would rather do DIY themselves; and a further 85 per cent would also rather do their own decorating, over hiring a professional to do it.

There are many different pros and cons to doing DIY yourself. The increasing cost of professionals combined with the easy access to purchasing your own DIY equipment mean it’s never been easier to spruce up your home yourself.

As we’re a judgemental lot, and 25 per cent of us admit to judging the appearance of people’s homes, here’s some top tips to make the best out of Doing It Yourself, making small improvements to your home in the best ways you can.

n Small Storage Solutions

Storage can often be a problem, particularly if you live in a small house or flat. You have to be imaginative when making the most out of your home. Dead space underneath stairs can often be a good area to begin; you can add shelves, shoe racks or even a desk for a mini home office.

n Liven Things Up

This can be a really easy way to liven up a kitchen or living area. Plants and flowers can be a cheap way to add a splash of colour to your home. A miniature herb garden is an easy way to utilise small spaces in the kitchen. Chilli plants, Lemongrass, Thyme and Oregano are all extremely easy and low maintenance to grow. A top tip is to purchase plants that haven’t already been growing outside.

n Garden

Giving the garden a good clear out is one of the best ways to improve your home. A recent study by National Gardening Gift Vouchers found that 72% of us believe that a presentable garden adds value to a home – so it is well worth a go. A shed can now also be easily to build yourself and readily available. They are available in all different shapes and sizes, so no matter how small your garden, a small shed or storage space can add new dimensions to your outdoor space.

n Reviving Old Furniture

Updating your furniture can seem daunting. It can be tempting to go out and buy completely new furniture however sometimes it’s easier to look a bit closer to home. An old, worn, wooden chest of drawers can be instantly improved with a lick of paint and some new handles.

n Painting

There’s no better way of refreshing your home than a quick lick of paint. Give rooms a quick and clean update by buying a good quality paint that is an exact (or close) match to the original colour, this way you avoid doing a fully fledged redecorate.