5 tips for diy beginners

When I first moved out from the parents to attend university, some 200 miles away, I was a DIY novice.  I didn’t know how to even change a fuse, let alone own a screwdriver!  Over the years however, I have fairly brushed up on my DIY skills.  I’m always learning, but here are 5 DIY tips for beginners that should see you attempting those more adventurous projects in no time at all:

Research Before You Start

Whether it’s turning to google, or quizzing down at your nearest DIY store, make sure you do your research and know exactly what you are going to do before diving in feet first.

Also make sure you have all the right screws and tools you need, so you don’t end up making that second trip to the DIY store 10 minutes in.

Walk Before You Can Run

If you are a complete novice, don’t start by trying to build yourself an extension! Start with those smaller projects first and improve your skills.  Start with painting or putting together flat pack furniture.

As you build you skills and confidence, you can start to be a bit more adventurous.

Safety First

Make sure you take the correct precautions for the tools you are using.  Make sure you always have good quality gloves and safety goggles on standby should you need them.  The last thing you want on your first DIY project is to end up in A&E!

Finish What You Start

The last thing you want is a house of unfinished DIY projects.  So make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to finish what you start.

Get The Right Tools For The Job

There are some absolute basic tools you should always have as a DIY beginner.  Hammer, spanner, saw and ofcourse a trusty screwdriver.  Investing in good tools from the start will pay dividends and these days a smart investment are tools which take the guess work out of DIY, such as the BLACK + DECKER Autoselect Screwdriver.

black & decker autoselect screwdriver

Simply select the length of screw and the battery operated screwdriver will provide the correct torque setting for you.  It even has a magnetic screw holder (especially useful for those awkward places).

black & decker autoselect screwdriver

With an RRP of £49, this really is a great starter screwdriver.

Disclaimer: This post is in association with BLACK + DECKER as part of my 2014 Britmums Live sponsorship. However all tips and opinions are my own.




  1. We always look to Youtube for help if we’re unsure with DIY projects although brother in law is very handy and has built small things to big extensions so he’ll come in useful for the re-make of the kitchen and living room when we get around to it! Love that drill – will have to show Mr L he’s gagging for his very own drill as we’ve currently “borrowed” my mums!

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