DIY loft insulation hack may save Brits hundreds and it is ‘simple’ to do

A savvy homeowner has shared a nifty loft insulation trick to save Brits thousands.

Taking to Reddit‘s DIYUK subreddit he claimed the trick was much easier than he thought. The bloke was shocked by quotes of £1,800 to £2,000 from professionals to do the job, so he rolled up his sleeves and tackled it himself for a mere £250 in materials.

He proudly posted snaps of his handywork online with the caption: “Boarded the loft and saved £1,750.”

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He admitted his first attempt was a bit of a flop, but later pics show how he expertly fitted the insulation rolls between the joists and topped them with groove boards. “What I thought would be difficult was actually straight forward and has given me confidence to do more (safely) around the house,” he said.

“So I thought I’d make a post to try and help inspire those like me to have a go at the DIY option.

“I have half the loft boarded already and needed the rest doing for another ongoing project. After receiving several quotes of £1,800-£2,000 to board my loft I decided to go for the DIY route. Materials were £250 – and it took a full days labour, sore back and several splinters haha.”

Before and after shots showcased the fruits of the man's £250 labour
The before-and-after pics were pretty impressive

Fellow users thanked the crafty homeowner for his post. “Inspiring me to do the same to my loft!” one wrote. “The loft is the one space I’ve been fully avoiding as 1) mine looks like yours in the before and 2) I’m scared to fall through the ceiling! Nice one!”

Another added: “Well done it’s hard graft bending between rafters and getting the boards up there alone. Top job! ” Meanwhile, a third shared their own plans: “Good job. I have been looking at doing exactly this. Recently bought a nearly new house (2 years old) and none of the loft is boarded. We don’t have a garage so space is becoming a real issue for stuff like Xmas decorations and suitcases etc.”

And a fourth revealed their own success story: “My hubby boarded our loft as well and saved us 1700 as well. He says it cost him around 700 to do it ourselves with the high price of wood. He’s done a great job and even installed a new hatch with a ladder for us.”

More seasoned DIYers suggested that staggered boards could have made the job even more efficient, however, but still reflected on a fine piece of craftsmanship.

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