Just because you’re a man, it doesn’t mean you have to get a thrill out of putting some shelves together. In fact, a lot of people despise DIY, like me! Your partner may be moaning at you to fix this and that, but you’d rather be doing anything else in the world.
Unfortunately, when you own a home it will always come with bit and pieces that need fixing, and it can cost an arm and a leg to hire a handyman to do it for you. So, the alternative is to suffer through the pain of DIY. Here are some tips for getting through it.
Make a List
DIY is endless. There are always jobs that need to be done. The good news is you don’t have to do all of them straight away. In fact, there are many jobs you can put off for months at a time. It’s important to make a list of what needs to be done around the house and then you can do them in order of their priority. For example, if a radiator needs to be bled and its coming up to Winter, that’s an important job.
Get the Right Tools
There’s no point in doing a job unless you’ve got the right tools. If you’ve ever attempted to do DIY without the proper tools you’ll know how frustrating and stressful it can be. That’s not going to do anything to encourage your love of DIY. Once you’ve made your list of jobs, find out what tools you’ll need to complete the job easily and properly. Don’t attempt to do any DIY without the proper tools first. For example, you’ll need the best cordless drill to put a unit together, along with screws, nails and a hammer.
See it Through
If you’re only having a go at DIY for your wife, you better prepare yourself to see the whole job through. There’s nothing worse than a job that’s been started but not finished. If you start a job, don’t plan to do half now and half in a few weeks’ time. Start the job meaning to finish as soon as possible.
Be a Perfectionist
It’s hard to be a perfectionist at something you don’t enjoy, but you’ll only curse yourself if you do it wrong and have to start all over again. Check everything at least twice before you start. For example, when you need to measure something, it’s always best to measure three times and make sure you have the same measurements written down all three times before ordering materials.
If you don’t know how to do something, don’t attempt to guess. It’s better for you to admit that you don’t know and get help than to guess and cost yourself unnecessary money. Thankfully, there are plenty of Youtube tutorials out there for Dads struggling with DIY. You’ll find everything from plumbing in a new bathtub to building a whole library for your children. It’s always best to start off with the easy stuff and work your way up.