10 Beginner DIY Tips And Tricks

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When you’re approaching DIY as a beginner, there are plenty of rookie mistakes that you can make. Whether it’s not budgeting properly or planning for something that’s beyond your level of expertise, it’s entirely possible to get halfway through a DIY project and give up because you feel overwhelmed. If that does happen, don’t worry; it’s perfectly natural and not something you should be ashamed of. However, you do want to avoid it if possible, so without further ado, here are 10 beginner DIY tips and tricks that you can use no matter the scale of your project.

1. Build the correct budget

One of the worst mistakes you can make as an amateur DIY enthusiast is to budget incorrectly for your project. Even if you’re doing something relatively small, like putting up shelves or trying to fix some furniture, you might need a budget in order to steer your spending decisions. Whether you’re drawing from reputable personal loans or your own savings, it’s important to make sure that your budget can accommodate the project you’ve set for yourself.

2. Do your research

Whatever your project happens to be, make sure you’ve done thorough research before you embark on it. You should know everything you’re about to do ahead of time so that nothing blindsides you and stops you in your tracks. Whether you take a trip down to your local DIY store to ask professionals for advice or you conduct your own internet research (please make sure it’s authoritative!), you shouldn’t head into a DIY project without extensive knowledge of what you’re going to need and how you’re going to get it.

3. Get the proper materials and tools

Most DIY requires tools and materials in order to complete. You won’t get very far into your project if you don’t have the items you need. Make an itemised list of everything you need to buy, and make sure you don’t miss out on anything. If you need to, recruit someone else to help you; ask them if there’s anything you’ve overlooked in your list, as an outside perspective might be helpful in this circumstance. Once you have your list, start researching reputable stores at which you can find the things you require.

4. Call in a professional if necessary

Sometimes, a DIY project is simply beyond your scope. You may find that this is the case if you’ve decided to renovate an entire room, for example, or if you’ve decided to build an extension on your house (although these projects arguably extend beyond the scope of “DIY”). If that’s the case, make sure you’re not too proud or stubborn to call in a professional to help you. It’s more important that the project is done right, after all, so if things look like they’re not going to plan, don’t be afraid to call for help.

5. Don’t do it alone

If you can help it, try not to tackle your DIY project on your own. Enlisting the help of friends and family could not only cut your workload significantly, but also help you to avoid common errors or mistakes that you could make if you’re alone. For example, if you’ve overlooked something critical during the planning stages, a fresh pair of eyes might be able to spot that where you might miss it. It’s also much safer to work alongside others for obvious reasons.

6. If you must work alone, be safe

Safety should be your highest priority when you’re doing DIY. If you have no option but to work alone, then make sure you’re practising all the correct safety protocols in order to minimise the potential of getting hurt. Wear protective equipment if necessary and take regular breaks if the project is a lengthy one. Don’t skimp on tool or item quality; if you buy cheaper materials or tools, then you may find that it’s not just the quality of the work that suffers, but also your personal safety.

7. Try not to distract yourself

Many people who engage in DIY listen to podcasts or music while they work. If you’re a seasoned DIY pro, then you can afford to do this; the work comes naturally to you, and you’re relying on muscle memory as well as skill in order to complete it. However, as a beginner, DIY will probably command a lot of your attention, so distracting yourself could lead to mistakes that are costly at best and injurious to you at worst. Try to work in silence if you can.

8. Create a step-by-step plan

However big or small your DIY project happens to be, creating a step-by-step plan will help you to know how to execute it properly. Even if you’re doing something relatively minor, you should still have a plan in place; don’t just imagine that you know exactly what you’re doing and keep everything in your head. Write down the steps of what you’re going to do and try to stick to them as you work. Of course, you may find that the process changes as you go, but the important thing is to have an outline.

9. Start small

We can’t stress this enough: if you’re new to DIY, make sure that you start small. Don’t immediately launch yourself into taking on a massive project, because even if you’re ambitious and you want to achieve something big, your lack of expertise and experience will almost certainly hamstring you. Build up some experience by approaching smaller projects; think putting up shelves, building small craft items, even constructing smaller items of furniture if you feel up to it.   

10. Enjoy yourself

Most importantly in the DIY space, make sure you’re enjoying yourself while you’re putting your project together! DIY can be immensely fun and rewarding, so keeping a sense of fun and light-heartedness when you approach it will help you to defuse the seriousness of your first projects somewhat. There is an end goal when it comes to DIY, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun along the way.   

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