Published on 18 Sep, 2017

Apple has unveiled the iPhone X – its premium smartphone starting at £999. While many tech enthusiasts will easily drop a grand to upgrade to the new model, the price has drawn others back from it. If you’d rather blow your cash elsewhere, here are 5 property improvement projects you can do for that amount of money.

  1. Paint your bathroom and bedroom: For a single room, costs should vary between £375 and £500 (you can expect to be at the higher end of the scale, if you live in an affluent area like London). Though it might seem a little steep, you have to remember this price is for all walls, ceiling and woodwork. You should plan at least two days per room so that undercoats can cure properly before the final finish is applied.
  2. Do a kitchen makeover: You may not be able to completely replace your dated cabinets, but you can install new drawer and door pulls (about £1 to £10 a piece) that instantly modernize the cabinet fronts. Alternatively, give your cabinetry a quick refresh with a few coats of paint. Paint is the easiest and least expensive way to transform a kitchen. You can also dramatically change the look of your kitchen by replacing your existing worktops. Laminate is the most cost-effective to purchase. Such worktops are without doubt the most popular choice among homeowners in the UK and you can get one for as little as £40.
  3. Fit a new carpet: You can expect to pay around £700 for a carpet installer to remove the old flooring, dispose of it and supply new underlay and carpet to a 30 square metre room. A new carpet can revamp an entire room and is also warmer and softer than hardwood flooring. It is ideal for young children who will spend a lot of time crawling or playing on the floor.

    ROOM TYPE AVG. COST DURATION
    Small Bedroom £350 2-3 hours
    Large Bedroom £550 3-4 hours
    Staircase £350 3-4 hours
    Lounge £600 3-4 hours
    Bathroom £350 3-4 hours
  4. Replace the front door: The front entry is the focal point of your home. Give it  a face-lift by replacing or repainting the front door. A new door will cost you anything from £299 and up depending on the type, style and materials. A custom made wood front door with glazing and locks can easily cost around £1000 depending on the size and type of wood. Have it fitted by a skilled joiner who will do a better and faster job that a handyman  or general builder. He will probably know a good local door supplier, too. Find skilled joiners near you here:  https://flattro.co.uk/tradespeople/carpentry-and-joinery
  5. New patio: Thе соѕt оf іnѕtаllіng a сеmеnt раtіо саn rаngе frоm £5 tо £11 реr ѕԛuаrе fооt. Thіѕ рutѕ thе рrісе оf a 100-fооt сеmеnt раtіо аt аrоund £669 tо £886, whісh іnсludеѕ £144 tо £155 wоrth оf mаtеrіаlѕ аnd £525 tо £731 wоrth оf іnѕtаllаtіоn соѕtѕ. For young families with children a patio can double as an inexpensive summer playroom. It can be a venue for the paddling pool or sand tray, as well as a warm, dry area for catching sun on a hot summer day.

Any of the above projects will instantly increase the value of your property and make you feel more at home than ever before. We at Flattro firmly believe that these are much better ways to spend a small fortune than buying a piece of technology which will be obsolete by the same time next year. Yes, the hype machine is at full swing and the iPhone X frankly looks delicious, but for the first time ever Apple is crossing the thousand quid boundary and it is at least worth considering what else you can accomplish with such a hefty sum of money. Improving your property is definitely one of the better ways to spend your hard-earned cash.

Alternatively, you can donate a small sum to any of the thousands of charities that help the environment, alleviate world hunger, support medical breakthroughs, or aid developing countries. You will definitely feel much better and can still keep the change or invest it in something meaningful.

So, there you have it. Spend your money however you please, but give yourself a little perspective before you shell out nearly £1,000 on a piece of technology which is more of a status symbol than a pocket computer. You might also experience another positive side effect and start spending less time in front of the screen and more quality time with your friends and family.

It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.

Charles A. Jaffe


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