Planning your Garden Space on a Budget
The market for garden developments continues to be incredibly popular, with many homeowners planning ambitious outdoor projects, regardless of their monetary restrictions. There are many ways to achieve a high-quality outdoor build for less, including using recycled materials, investing in more long-lasting products, or paying for higher quality items in steady instalment plans. In this article, we will explore in detail the vast variety of methods for planning a garden space on a budget. Let’s take a look…
Choose Appropriate Products
One of the easiest ways to save money when planning a project is to highlight the areas where you may be spending more money unnecessarily. It can be confusing navigating the product specification and information on supplier’s websites, but there will be products designed for purposes that do not apply to your project, meaning you could be spending money on something that will not benefit your build. Make sure to do your research; does the brand offer a more affordable alternative to their mainline products?
Many items also offer products that are modular and adaptable to what you already have in your space, allowing you to save money from the get-go. For example, if you are installing a new fence, you may only need to replace the fencing boards rather than the entire panel. This would mean you do not have to spend more money on swapping out your pre-existing timber or concrete posts, instead allowing you to focus on what is essential to replace.
Make Long Term Investments
When budgeting, it can be easy to be swayed by the cheapest products on the market. However, it is incredibly important to consider all the expenses that are not mentioned in the initial price. It’s all well and good saving money with your first purchase, but if you end up spending a fortune on the material’s treatment and regular maintenance, you are essentially negating this initial shrewd budgeting. This is a problem often associated when using timber for decking or sleepers in your garden, as the costs continue to come down the line, ranging from repair jobs and annual preserving, until the expense spent when it eventually needs replacing entirely.
Thankfully, alternatives for timber exist for your garden projects. Composite decking boards, for example, require no such treatment or maintenance. Whilst initially more expensive on first purchase than traditional timber, composite decking has a far greater longevity, meaning you will not have to spend a fortune replacing it in future. Lewis Darley, content creator for NeoTimber, the UK’s number 1 supplier of composite material, has this to say: “One of the key benefits of choosing composite decking boards over other decking alternatives is your ability to save both money and time avoiding maintenance tasks such as painting or treating to preserve the surface of your decking boards.”
If skrimping and saving on the quality of your products doesn’t sit well with you, there is still the option to pay for better material in instalments. In the same way we are used to subscription services, paying from everything from TV streaming channels to music in monthly payments, the same can be applied to outdoor materials for your garden builds. Look for companies that offer this ability to pay later, to help you to save the money for the other items in your project on a month-to-month basis.
Websites like Klarna and Paypal credit can offer you the ability to pay for your project over a longer amount of time, helping to make the financial burdens much more manageable. This way, your garden space can benefit from premium, high-quality material, without your bank account taking that initial hit. With this kind of payment method becoming far more prevalent, this is an extremely effective way to stretch your budget, helping you to avoid compromising on quality.
In conclusion, there are many ways to plan a garden space on a tighter budget. It essentially all boils down to making sure you do your appropriate research before embarking on the build and sticking to your initial sum. Look into what you need for your project before spending money haphazardly and see if anything in your existing space can be repurposed or retrofitted accordingly. If you do spend more money on a high quality, premium product, make sure it is afforded with a long-term warranty to make the investment worth the initial dent in the money you have put aside. Finally, choose companies that allow you to pay for your products in instalments, as this can take the initial pressure from spending a larger amount earlier on in the build. We hope you have found this article helpful and informative. Good luck with your own garden builds!
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