I was quoted £1000 to decorate my greenhouse, but I did it myself for £100 using BandQ bargains, and it turned out beautifully.

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I was quoted £1000 to decorate my greenhouse, but I did it myself for £100 using BandQ bargains, and it turned out beautifully.

Because not everyone is a natural DIYer, it’s often more convenient to hire someone to do the work for you.

Would you have the skills and courage to do it yourself if you were faced with a large quote that was out of your budget?

Hilary Hart, 58, from Dundee, works for the NHS as an occupational therapist, but she recently turned to DIY after receiving a large quote for her greenhouse.

“I ordered a new greenhouse because the one I had, which used to be my mother’s, was 39 years old and the door had blown off,” Hilary explained.

“I tried a temporary fix with a shower curtain weighted down with heavy glass beads, but it looked awful and didn’t keep the heat in.”

“I ordered one online, and the delivery time was 18 weeks, so I figured I’d have plenty of time to sort out the base.”

“I had a hard time getting someone to quote because a lot of contractors said they were too busy dealing with the pandemic to give me a quote.”

“I did get one professional to come out and give me a quote for a greenhouse base and installation for £1000 – a lot more than the greenhouse itself (£750)!”

“The guy said it would be a difficult job because it was a tight space.”

“I thought it was a lot of money, and I didn’t want to be forced to relocate the greenhouse.”

It was an excellent location!

“As a result, I made the decision to try it myself.”

Hilary explained that she learned more about DIY greenhouses on YouTube in order to complete the project.

“I learned how to make concrete and lay greenhouse bases by watching YouTube videos,” she explained.

“I didn’t realize there was a cement shortage until I dug a big hole in the garden…online delivery prices were outrageous, so I asked everyone I knew if they knew where I could get some.”

“I was able to get some from a builders yard 20 miles away, and they were extremely helpful!”

“I got three bags of cement for £17.50 from Travis and Perkins in Arbroath, then went to Bandamp;Q for the rest of my supplies.”

“I spent £21 on three bags of sharp sand and £53 on 20 bags of gravel.”

“I also paid £9 for a plastering trowel and £3.50 for measuring jugs.

“Because I only have a small Skoda, it took a few trips, particularly for the sand.”

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