If you’re someone who doesn’t know the difference between a twist drill and a counterbore or you have no idea where to buy parts to fix your generator, then DIY probably isn’t your strong suit. But knowing how to perform basic repairs at home can save you a lot of money in the long run. Rather than waiting for a repairman, you should be able to do some quick fixes yourself. This is easier said than done, but with a little bit of time and practice, anyone can learn to be handy around the home. Here are some tips to bear in mind before you get stuck in:

Get the right tools

Doing DIY without a tool kit is no easy feat, so make sure you have everything you need before a problem arises. A basic tool kit can easily be stowed away in a cupboard or the attic, so it won’t be in the way even if you only use it once or twice a year. Make sure the kit contains basics like a screwdriver, tape measure, pliers, hammer and a spirit level. While not all tasks require a power drill, having one on hand will be useful for a wide range of tasks, such as putting together that new table you bought.

Start small

You might want to jump right in and start working on your old washing machine that won’t start up, but it’s always best to start small and choose more manageable tasks when you still don’t know what you’re doing. Get to grips with the tools you have in your kit and look for some simple DIYs online to get you off on the right foot. You could even begin with something like hanging a picture on the wall or repainting the guest room. If you do want to learn more complex skills like rewiring a socket, leave these until later and make sure you turn off your electrics beforehand.

Know your limits

Sometimes a DIY task will have you completely stumped and even though there are lots of YouTube tutorials to help you troubleshoot your way through, it’s important to know your limits. If you started changing the filters on your dryer only to find out there’s something wrong with the motor, it might be time to call in a professional. While you could continue muddling your way through, you might end up doing more harm than good.

Take a class

DIY tasks are best learnt through practice, so taking a class where you can do just that will really help to build your confidence. Not only will you get some hands-on experience, but you’ll have someone to guide you through every step and correct you when you’re going wrong. Taking a class is a great option for anyone who is worried about the safety aspects of DIY or those who don’t want to damage anything in their homes.

DIY can be a very fulfilling hobby and a useful skill, so get started on your journey today.