: 3 Jobs You Can Do Yourself When Renovating A Fixer Upper


There’s nothing more satisfying than purchasing a home that you can put your own stamp on. The wallpaper may be peeling, the dreaded black mold may be emerging from under the window sills, and the swirly beige carpets might have been all the rage back in the ‘70s. Nevertheless, there’s something about this property that you love. You know that you can transform it from a derelict shell into a much-loved family home. As with any fixer-upper, the costs can quickly skyrocket. Take a look at these jobs that you could complete yourself allowing you to get truly immersed in your project as well as saving you some cash.

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If you are re-carpeting the entire ground floor of your home, you may be better off leaving it to the professionals. Carpet fitters are highly skilled individuals that make laying a patch of underlay and carpet grippers seem like a walk in the park. It really isn’t. However, if a laminate flooring finish is what you’re after, you are more than capable of fitting this yourself with the wide range of tongue and groove easy to fit options available.


All you need is to make sure that you have the right tools. A hacksaw will do the job of cutting your flooring to size but a table saw would make the job so much quicker. Take a look at The Sharp Cut to view a comprehensive buying guide for even the most amateur of DIY enthusiasts, detailing the saw type, motor power and blade options that would best suit your requirements. You’ll be cutting, laying and fitting your new living room laminate in no time.

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It seems pretty obvious but whipping a roller out and slapping on the paint onto your freshly plastered walls does require a little bit of skill. Ensure that you brush or roll in the same direction and use an even amount of paint on your wall surface. As you reach the edges, ensure that you have protected door frames and plug socket edges with adequate masking tape, so the finish looks crisp and neat.

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If you enjoy any excuse to get out the hot glue gun, consider making some bespoke furniture for your new pad. You don’t need to head out to the swanky showrooms and buy some designer wardrobes or sideboards when you can scour the Internet and pick up some retro second-hand pieces for ridiculously reasonable prices. You could then paint the furniture, give it a shabby chic feel or even venture into a gothic look complete with ebonized features and sleek lines. With upcycling, you can allow your imagination to run wild while creating one of a kind pieces for your brand new home.


Renovating a fixer-upper can be daunting especially with the amount of work to be done and your seemingly never-ending list of jobs to complete. However, you can take control of more of the work than you think and enjoy getting stuck into creating your new family home.

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