As the economic crisis tightens and our disposable income dwindles, self-sufficiency is going to help millions of people around the world take more responsibility for themselves, rather than calling on the experts. So when things go wrong in the home – toilet leaks need fixing, shelves need building, fences need repairing – the more that you can do yourself, the more you will save.

In an ideal world, you’ll always call in the experts. But if it is a case of paying the heating bill and putting food on the table, as opposed to spending a small fortune on a third party coming in, then it would be wise to dig deep and develop new skills. 

And you may be pleasantly surprised as to how much you enjoy it!

If you’re a complete DIY novice, here’s our three-step plan for setting yourself up as your own DIY trainee for the economic recession.

First of all, select a small but achievable project which is not going to pose too great a challenge. You don’t want to start off by biting off more than you can chew. Whether it is fixing a wonky shelf, or repairing the felt on your shed roof – don’t get drawn into anything bigger or more ambitious until you have a bit more experience under your belt.

Once you have selected your project, research your methodology. Google instructions and read as much advice as you possibly can. Ask for advice from trusted sources. We also have this amazing resource called YouTube, which is packed with instruction videos explaining and demonstrating a myriad of different projects. Watch a good selection and whittle down your viewing list to a few favorites who you can relate to and understand.

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You can also seek any number of DIY help forums online – where experts happily give their suggestions and advice absolutely free of charge. Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions – if you don’t ask, you’ll never know. 

Armed with this advice, you can then build a list of the tools and items you’ll need to complete the job.

  • Arm yourself with the right equipment

You don’t have the fortune to spend but making sure you know which particular tool you need will save you hours of time and frustration, and ultimately expense. In your mind, follow the job through from start to finish, and make a list of everything you will need – the tools, the accessories, the drill bits, the supplies – everything you will need from start to finish. You may be able to borrow some elements from a family member, friend, or neighbor. But if the piece of equipment is something that you believe you will use regularly it may be worthwhile investing in it.

  • Just Do It!

Do you remember at school sitting in front of a blank piece of paper knowing you had to write 2000 words about the French Revolution (for example!) Getting that first sentence down was the most difficult thing in the world. You’ll do everything not to get started – the washing up, vacuuming the car, walking the dog – procrastination is certainly the devil at work! However, once you’ve finally committed those first few words, then the rest does start following on, and before you know it you’re halfway through.

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Start you DIY project with confidence and commitment. Take a deep breath and make that first cut, drill that first hole.

And finally, never be afraid to reach out for help. An unasked question is an unanswered question!


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