My flatmate recently made the fantastic decision to take a two-day weekend DIY course. As an architect who runs her own company, she's no stranger to the building trade, but she wanted to feel more confident tackling everyday repairs around our home—and stop relying on our tool-owning friend down the road whenever anything needs fixing or hanging. Even though I haven't yet learned a thing (except that I win at flatmates), this has been a game-changer for me.
While I previously considered myself somewhat handy, my skills are limited to hanging art and shelves, refinishing furniture, and painting (I can cut in like a pro). But the flatmate can now change a light fixture, repair a burst water pipe, and fix a broken tile—and knows more about drill bits and wall types than I'd imagined there was to know.
So instead of paying—or begging—someone else to come around and do this stuff, think about investing a modest amount of time and money to gain lifelong, useful skills. Sure, there are always YouTube tutorials, but for the serious DIYer, nothing beats the knowledge and hands-on help of a seasoned teacher - even if the class length is only a weekend.
Have you ever taken a DIY course? Would you consider it? What home improvement skill would most improve your home?