Before and after (Picture: Dream of Home)
A Cheshire couple have spent a mere £1,500 on completely transforming their formerly dated kitchen.
A survey by Confused.com previously found that people tend to spend an average of £5,219 on a kitchen renovation, meaning that the pair could have saved themselves as much as £3,500.
Home renovation blogger Sarah Macklin, 25, and her husband Jay, 26, have been able to pull this off by buying what they needed for their kitchen second-hand from eBay, and by figuring out how to install it themselves.
Sarah said: ‘I would absolutely recommend looking at second-hand kitchens if you have a budget you wish to stick to.
‘Our kitchen was a bargain purchase on eBay for £850 and it came with all the units, the sink, the built-in fridge and freezer, and the range cooker.
‘We ripped it out of the previous homeowner’s kitchen and then installed it into our own.
The kitchen in its original state (Picture: Dream of Home)
The work in progress (Picture: Dream of Home)
It wasn’t a small task (Picture: Dream of Home)
‘The old kitchen came out in two days because it was so awful and falling apart. The new one took a while to install because my husband did this himself, but this saved us £1,500 on installation.
‘He did all the research for it. It took a week to install the new kitchen, but we weren’t living in the house so that was fine.
‘It needed re-wiring, which my husband did himself and then had signed off by an electrician. The floor needed levelling too which we paid a couple of hundred pounds for.
After the work was done (Picture: Dream of Home)
How cute is that? (Picture: Dream of Home)
‘Then we purchased the tiles and had someone fit those, and paid for the flooring and paint. With that, we paid £1,500 for the kitchen renovation in full.’
If you’re tempted to do a big DIY project in your own home, don’t forget about insurance.
Jessica Willock, home insurance expert at Confused.com, says: ‘Renovating your home is an exciting project. It allows us to really make a home our own. And for many, it will increase the value of a property, which is great news in the long run.
‘However, this is something you must tell your insurer about to make sure you have the right level of cover if you need to make a claim.’
She adds: ‘Always check with your insurer before starting any major renovation work to see if you are covered and to what extent.
‘This could avoid any unexpected costs that could arise and as a result will make the process less stressful.’
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