According to the Liberty Mutual Insurance New Beginnings Report, 71% of Americans have plans to tackle a DIY project this year, with cost savings being the main reason. More and more people are DIYing. It’s a heart-warming and exciting statistic that we can relate to–afterall, that’s how this whole blog really started. We just couldn’t afford to hire the job out (we’re looking at you, tile), so we googled searched until we felt confident to move forward. Or we couldn’t afford the light fixture of our dreams–so we made it. Or when we made sweet garden beds ourselves on the cheap. It’s as gratifying to save money as it is to see what your own hands can do.
More recently, our goals have changed regarding our home a little bit. It could be due to us getting older or our financial situation being a little more stable, but producing an imitation of a product we love for as little money as possible is no longer the goal. Sometimes, we’d rather just save our money a little longer for that thing we really want. On the contrary, we are currently drawing up plans to DIY a dining room table, so there are definitely exceptions. haha! But! Where our DIY, money-saving spirit still comes alive is saving money on labor and doing tasks ourselves when we can. The most concrete and staggering example I can offer today is the money we have saved by installing all of our new light fixtures ourselves.
Upgrading fixtures is actually one of the top things you can do to add resale value to your home. Room by room, we have been swapping out our outdated or builder grade lights for something more in line with the vision of our home. In the past year and a half or so that we’ve lived here, we have replaced or added 16 fixtures. (3 in the reading room, our dining room chandelier, 1 in the entry, 1 in the stairwell, 2 in the laundry room–plus 4 recessed lights, Faye got a new light and Greta, too, 1 in the guest room and, lastly, one in the hall bathroom.) 16!!!
Out of curiosity, (science!) I called a local contractor to get an estimate on how much it would be to come and install a chandelier in our bedroom. This will definitely vary from area to area, but we live in a small town in Idaho, so this is probably a conservative savings estimate for other areas. He said it would be anywhere from $75-$165 depending on the size. If we needed the location moved, tack on another $50-$60, which takes the range from $75 for the smallest, most straight forward install, to $215 for an involved one. We have had a few involved installations, but to keep it simple, let’s just average the numbers together to get $145 per installation x 16 fixtures= $2320 we have saved on just installing our own lights in the last 18 months. Wow!!
Over the years we’ve learned that DIY doesn’t have to be about doing everything yourself, but doing the things you can is empowering. Chris happens to have experience with electrical work, so that’s something we can do to save money time after time. Someone else might know plumbing, and anyone can paint. Do you DIY for the pride of it? For the money saving aspects? What DIY are you currently tackling to save a buck?
This post is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance who’ve we partnered with over the next few months to share tips and tricks relating to your home. Here’s an Instagram tip we shared last month, if you missed it.