Well we are coming into the sunny summer season again and it’s almost time to get out those hammers and nails and do all the jobs you have been thinking about doing over winter.

Well I have to admit that while I am not that handy around the home, I don’t mind giving the odd job a go, and no doubt I will give a few things a go this summer as well.


I thought I would write some simple tips for the novice DIY’s amongst us that should help in the planning of any work that may need doing around the property.


Hope this is of help to you all, and happy DIYing! 🙂






1.  Make a list:

Spend some time taking stock of the kinds of maintenance and improvement projects you’d like to begin. A well-considered list will help you to set reachable goals.


2.  Assess your skills:

Make sure that you carefully consider which projects you are fully capable of completing. For example, unless you have sufficient experience with electrical, plumbing or construction work, you should probably leave those tasks to the professionals.


3. Check the regulations.

Be aware that any building/alteration work you undertake around the home must be compliant with all of the current regulations. For a useful guide to what these are check out


4.  Establish priorities:

Which projects are most important to you? Which projects will be the most costly? Which is more important: timeliness, quality or cost? Before beginning any do-it-yourself project, it is always wise to determine specific goals and priorities so that you are fully prepared when it comes time to begin.


5.  Create a budget:

For each project that you want to complete, make certain that you have a firm budget in place. Allowing for unexpected circumstances (such as errors or the need for additional materials) in your budget will keep you from overspending.


6.  One step at a time:

When it’s time to begin, remember to pace yourself! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your new garden terrace will take time as well. Complete one task at a time, and soon you’ll feel the wonderful sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that doing-it-yourself can bring!

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