People are always looking for new ways to be frugal, and one way that many look to cut costs is to become skilled at performing repairs and other home tasks on their own. Simply put, if you can plug a leak or paint a wall instead of hiring a professional to do it for you, you’ll save quite a bit of money in the long run on home upkeep.
But addressing household upkeep on your own isn’t something you can simply start doing one day. As many step-by-step DIY guides as there are out there, it takes some real practice and preparation to turn yourself into a full-fledged DIYer. The practice bit is up to you, but some of the following tips can help you to set yourself up for home project proficiency.
Try DIY Projects For Fun
There may not seem to be much connection between crafts and personal projects and genuine home repairs. However, as mentioned, practice is necessary if you’re going to be come a skilled DIYer. The good news is there’s no shortage of out there that are just for fun. For instance, Lifehack has posted a list of projects that you may find you really enjoy, and that involve a huge range of skills. Not many projects in this range truly involve skills that will come up in repairs, but simply developing a sense of creativity and problem-solving savvy, even in an artistic way, should pay off when more pressing DIY possibilities arise.
Stock Your Home With Tools
The majority of repair and upkeep projects that come up around the home require at least some sort of tool or equipment. Thus, you can only properly be prepared for DIY work if your home has the necessary tools on hand. If one of your goals this year is to do more work around the house on your own, now is the time to take a look at the state of your tool collection, and if necessary rebuild it with missing pieces. And fortunately, this is an easier process than ever before, thanks not only to online retail but to sites that help you locate specific tools. Along these lines, the click and collect feature at Screwfix allows you to browse a selection to find inventory at a local store, and then order and pay online if you so choose. With this sort of feature, you can easily set your home up with the things you’re likely to need for the average household project.
Build Before You Buy
This is a wonderful tip taken from Persistence Unlimited’s rundown of hacks for becoming a DIY master. The list is focused on DIY in a very broad sense, including things like electronics repairs rather than simply home upkeep. But the concept remains sound: delve into anything that breaks or stops functioning and attempt to fix it yourself before simply buying a new one. There will obviously be times when purchasing a replacement is the only option, but addressing this sort of problem from a creative point of view is a great way to develop some DIY talent within yourself.
Don’t Go It Alone
Finally, don’t mistake the concept of DIY with a mandate to go it alone on projects. There’s certainly a sense of personal accomplishment that comes with DIY projects, whether they be craft-related or genuine repairs. However, going about the whole process on your own is a good way to wind up having problems and getting frustrated. Instead, consult whatever advice you can find regarding the specific project, whether it be through an instruction manual, an online guide, or a friend or acquaintance who’s done something similar. Doing it right is always more important than doing it alone.
Keeping all of these steps and tips in mind can help start you on the path to effective DIY habits. The rest is up to you!
This is a guest post by Mark Lord, a freelance writer based in London with a passion for all things DIY. In between projects, you can find Mark reading up on Game Of Thrones and enjoying a nice cuppa.