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Tips to save time&money when buying home improvement supplies

Every now and then, we all enjoy doing some DIY home improvement. Some do it for a living, others as hobby, but we’re all dependent on buying the supplies. Making the list is not that difficult, but buying everything at once, in one place, that’s where things begin to be bumpy. And if you want to keep things as low budget as possible, then you’re in for trips to your local home improvement stores.

Here are some pointers that will make the buying part more easy, by saving time and money. So that you can focus on what’s really important: relaxing.

Make a shortlist

Plan ahead about the DIY home improvement projects you’d like to do. If it’s not time sensitive, don’t rush into it. Ponder a while about all the things you’d like to improve and make a list. By doing so, you won’t have to go out buying for supplies every week(end).

Look for best deals

This could be an in-house promotion they have or even a sweepstake. Keep an eye out for them, since the conditions for participating in contests are seldom very complicated. Also, make sure you subscribe to their newsletter and choose what type of info you’d like to receive. Don’t worry, you should be able to unsubscribe at anytime.

Only need a few items?

When in store, find the cash register lanes that are mostly for customers purchasing up to 10 items (or a shopping basket). This will save you lots of time standing in line with other customers that are purchasing more items.

Use the self service lane

Some stores have an express lane, where you can checkout yourself. Be carefull though, since type of service is still not very common in Romania, people might have trouble using it. Which will increase your time spent in the store. If you have this option in the home improvement store you frequent, take a quick look on how that lane is proceeding, compared to the cash registers. Go for the quickest.

Easy return of products

Some stores offer the possibility to register in their database, so that you’ll more easily return products in case you lose your receipts. This works very well for customers who purchase frequently and somewhat high volumes, but if you’re a DIYer with plenty of activity, this solution could prove to be useful for you too.

Make friends

If you’re buying from small, neighbourhood, stores, get on the good side of the seller, to be up to date with what’s new.

Know your colour

Get hold on to color charts, from different paint producers. This will save you time, when you know exactly what colour, from whom, you’re going for.

Buy online

The easiest is to buy online. Most of the home improvement stores have responsive websites and e-commerce available, so you can buy on-the-go. And have it delivered right to your doorstep.

Clean thoroughly

After finishing your project, don’t forget to clean thoroughly your tools, so you don’t have to buy new ones every two projects. By keeping them nice and tight, it will save you both time and money, since they won’t give you a hard time trying to take off the dried paint from the previous project.

Seal off your paint cans

Keep your paint air tight, to make it last longer. Use transparent food foil to seal it up better and rubber band, on top on which you can place the cap. Wrap the lid in paper tape and store it a cool place, and use it over and over again for a longer time.

Let us know which ones were most useful for you!


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