When it comes to DIY, it can be daunting knowing where to start. You’ve spent ages looking at something that needs fixing and fantasising about it being perfectly finished. So, where do you start with the process? We’ve come up with a guide to getting the most from your DIY project so you can say “I did it!” and brag about it forever more.
Think about it carefully…is it worth leaving it to the professionals?
This should always be your first thought. However ambitious you may be, some projects are best left to professionals. Anything electrical or gas-related should be carried out by someone who is appropriately qualified to ensure that you don’t electrocute yourself, or end up with a gas leak. It is also worth remembering that if it’s your first go at DIY, hiring a professional can help you to see how to do it properly. It can be invaluable watching someone who is qualified and knows what they are doing. You’ll pick up some great tips which will hopefully help you in the future.
I’ve thought about it…and I want to do it. Now, what?
You need to make sure you’ve got the right equipment for the job. It would be wise to buy a toolbox full of all the essentials to start with and then invest in any other items as required. If the job requires any building supplies, try somewhere like George Hill Timber merchants to make sure you have the equipment for the job. Having good quality materials is essential for completing a good project, and ensures you won’t need to do it again in the foreseeable future.
You’ll also want to make sure you are ready to do the job. Make sure you’ve researched how-to guides thoroughly and watched any necessary videos. Then you’ll feel much more confident in attempting the work. If you fall into difficulty during the work, remember you can always call a professional or a family member to help you out.
I want to do it all…what are the easiest things to start with?
There are lots of small projects you can do that will boost your confidence and help to save you money. A leaky tap is so easy to fix, yet a lot of people will call in the professionals. Also things like a faulty lock. They are easy to fix, but so many people call a locksmith out first which attracts large fees, especially if it’s out-of-hours.
Once you get the DIY bug, you’ll find that each project starts to look less and less daunting. You’ll be amazed at how simple things can be to fix with a little bit of guidance (hello YouTube).
If you don’t want to start off with anything huge, you could consider painting your kitchen cupboards. If the room is dated, you’ll be amazed at how much difference a lick of paint can make to the cabinet doors. It also gets you looking at how hinges are positioned for the doors, so will help you on your way to your first carpentry project.
I’ve got everything I need. What do I do now?
If you can, enlist the help of someone who has either done it before or has an idea of what you need to do. If this isn’t possible, check out some tutorials online. There are plenty of videos and guides for every DIY project you can think of. Make sure you follow any instructions and don’t try to go it alone. If it is your first time, then you’ll need to be as careful as possible.
Plan out what you intend to do. Cover any surfaces that may get damaged or dusty during the process, and make sure you know what you’re doing. Follow instructions for drills and any carpentry tools, and ensure you have the adequate protection. These includes masks, safety glasses, etc. It can be tempting to think that as you’re at home, health and safety doesn’t matter.
I’ve done my first few projects…what can I tackle next?
After you’ve mastered the basics, the world (well, the house) is your oyster. You could put some decking down in the garden, or build a long overdue new shed. You’ll find that the confidence you gain from doing the small projects helps you feel better about doing bigger ones. You never know, you might even find you can make a career out of being a handyman or woman. Your friends and family will always know who to call when they need help.